The toxicological activity of toxic substances found in the general environment and in industrial settings. Topics include biochemical mechanisms for absorption, excretion, tissue distribution, metabolic transformations, and conjugations; comparative metabolism of animal species; special applications to the toxicology of heavy metals, pesticides, and other industrial chemicals.
- Teacher: Alexander Suvorov
This course examines current advances in environmental health science via critical reading and discussion of recently published peer-reviewed papers related to environmental health. Using the typical journal club format, the papers (and topics) discussed will change from week to week and will include topics such as pollution, exposure assessments, mechanistic toxicology, environmental epidemiology, and others.
- Teacher: Laura Vandenberg
This course combines theoretical aspects and hands-on laboratory methods for molecular epidemiology. Topics include biomarkers, gene-environmental interactions, nutrient-toxicant interactions, and epigenetics. Laboratory components include DNA isolation, PCR and genotyping.
- Teacher: Richard Pilsner
Air pollution is presented as a major public health problem. Topics include air pollutant sources and atmospheric transformations, meteorology, health and economic effects, climate change, sampling and analysis, indoor/outdoor exposures, control technology and air quality criteria (including air quality standards, policy and regulations).
- Teacher: Richard Peltier
Do diseases like cancer and diabetes begin in the womb? This course will introduce students to key concepts and emerging concerns in the field of developmental toxicology. Through a combination of lectures and discussions of historical examples and recent research papers, students will learn how the combination of teratogens and critical windows of exposure can result in a spectrum of outcomes ranging from birth defects to diseases that emerge at later life stages.
- Teacher: Alicia Timme-Laragy