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Terrance J Kavanagh
ENV H 405
Seattle Campus

Toxic Chemicals and Human Health

Examines the basic principles of toxicology and the effects of chemicals on human health. Includes mechanisms; dose/response relationships; toxicity testing, disposition in the body; modifiers of response; chemicals and cancer; birth defects; exposures in the home, workplace, and environment; and risk assessment and government regulation. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in BIOL 220; either 2.0 in CHEM 224, 2.0 in CHEM 239, or 2.0 in CHEM 337. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This course will cover basic principles of toxicology with an emphasis on the effects of chemical exposures on human health. We will examine the mechanisms by which toxic chemicals cause harm to biological systems; dose/response relationships and methods of toxicity testing; factors governing the disposition of chemicals in the body; modifiers of toxic responses; chemicals and cancer; chemicals and birth defects; chemicals in the home and the workplace; fate and effects of chemicals in the environment; methods for assessing the risks posed by chemical exposures; and government regulation of chemical hazards. Note: Those students who will be taking EnvH 405 through the MPH Extended Degree program are encouraged to visit this web site for additional information: http://www.washington.edu/students/icd/S/envh/405crmoore.html

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Recommended preparation

Prerequisite: 2.0 in BIOL 220; either 2.0 in CHEM 224, 2.0 in CHEM 239, or 2.0 in CHEM 337. Offered: Spring

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by James C. Meadows
Date: 02/09/2009