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.
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.
Graduate students research and present one-hour seminar on a topic related to Environmental Health, and research a topic for a term paper.
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.
General approach to and quantitative methods of exposure assessment; issues associated with interpretation of exposure information; statistical considerations, validation, and ethics; quantitative exposure modeling; concepts of biomarkers and biomonitoring.