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Exposure Assessment Techniques for Health Risk Management

3rd Term
Environmental Health and Engineering
Academic Year
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

180.609 Principles of Environmental Health or 180.601 Environmental Health or an equivalent introductory course in environmental health
Industrial Hygiene lab course (182.614.01)

Prepares the students to use techniques of exposure assessment to quantitatively estimate exposures in occupational and non-occupational settings. Students will be introduced to concepts of exposure variability and its implications for interpreting small exposure data sets. Students will apply advanced techniques such as mathematical modeling of exposures using exposure determinant information, analysis of variance for between- and within-subject variability, Monte Carlo analysis of uncertainty, Bayesian decision analysis using small data sets, exposure assessment strategies in occupational settings. Students will analyze case studies to assess exposures in real-life scenarios using multiple methods. Students will critically evaluate key scientific papers on exposure assessment strategies.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand the nature of exposure problems in occupational and non-occupational environments
  2. Understand principles and methodologies of exposure analysis
  3. Design studies to measure exposure, and interpret data obtained from such studies
  4. Develop effective exposure assessment strategies for occupational hygiene decision-making
  5. Understand the sources and nature of variability in worker exposure data
  6. Be proficient in the use of mathematical models for quantifying exposures
  7. Be able to select proper techniques to estimate exposures to chemical, physical, and biological agents