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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • ESD.053J (Spring 2005) 
  • Course Title:
  • Chemicals in the Environment: Toxicology and Public Health (BE.104J) 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Biological Engineering 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. James Sherley
    Dr. Laura Green
    Prof. Steven Tannenbaum

  • Course Introduction:

  • 20.104J / 1.081J / ESD.053J Chemicals in the Environment: Toxicology and Public Health (BE.104J)

    Spring 2005

    Course Highlights

    This course features lecture notes and a full set of assignments.

    Course Description

    This course addresses the challenges of defining a relationship between exposure to environmental chemicals and human disease. Course topics include epidemiological approaches to understanding disease causation; biostatistical methods; evaluation of human exposure to chemicals, and their internal distribution, metabolism, reactions with cellular components, and biological effects; and qualitative and quantitative health risk assessment methods used in the U.S. as bases for regulatory decision-making. Throughout the term, students consider case studies of local and national interest.

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