Michael G. Yost
ENV H 551
Examination of the scientific principles and methods used to characterize human exposures to environmental disease agents, discuss sources and pathways of exposure, use of standard factors, analytical approaches for exposure data, exposure biomarkers, and the energetics of physical agents and injuries. Prerequisite: CHEM 162; MATH 124. Offered: A.
Description. Exposure assessment science plays a critical role in risk assessment, epidemiology, and environmental public health interventions. This course provides an overview of the principles of exposure science and an examination of how these principles are applied to characterize the hazards of chemical and physical disease agents in both occupational and community environments. The course is divided into four modules: exposure pathway analysis, exposure data analysis, biological markers of exposure, and the energetics of physical agents and injuries.
Student learning goals
Describe the major and minor exposure pathways for occupational and environmental disease agents
Define the relationship between exposure and dose for the dermal, oral, and respiratory routes of exposure
Identify the major occupational and environmental health regulations in the United States that require exposure assessment data
Distinguish between exposure assessment strategies used for epidemiology, risk assessment, and environmental public health interventions
Describe the strengths and limitations of exposure data collected through self-reports, micro-environmental measurement methods, and personal monitoring methods
Characterize an exposure dataset with statistical descriptors
General method of instruction
Lecture, readings and short papers
Background knowledge of biology, physiology, chemistry, physics and biostatistics.
Class assignments and grading
Readings from the assigned text or other papers; Short answer problems, and 5-10 page written assignments
Problem sets, midterm, papers and final exam.