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Online Module: Chemical Exposure and Health Effects

What we know and what we don’t know from epidemiology research 

Judy S. LaKind, MS, PhD

President of LaKind Associates, LLC
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Maryland School of Medicine

This one hour module will define chemical exposures and health outcomes and provide background on environmental epidemiology and health care provider interests. There is a clear need to evaluate the quality of exposure data and to use carefully conducted systematic reviews to provide a more informed interpretation of studies on exposure-health outcome associations.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain why not all exposure information is created equal.
  • Evaluate quality of exposure data in epidemiology studies.
  • Describe the importance of systematic reviews in evaluating associations between exposures to environmental chemicals and health outcomes.

Content Outline

  • Definitions and overarching concepts
  • Background
  • How do scientists assess human exposures to environmental chemicals?
  • How can we evaluate the quality of exposure data?
  • What is a systematic review and how does this inform interpretation of studies?
  • Answering questions about environmental chemical exposures and risks

ACOEM Disclosure Statement (for CME/MOC)

Chemical Exposures and Health Effects: What We Know and What We Don’t Know from Epidemiology Research

Enduring Material: Valid October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2020

ACCME Accreditation Statement

“This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the Maryland College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (MCOEM). The ACOEM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians.”

AMA Credit Designation Statement

“The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.”


Judy LaKind, MS, PhD
Disclosure: American Chemistry Council (Consultant)

Planning Committee

Mary Doyle, BSN, MPH, RN, COHN-S/CM
Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships

Raul Mirza, DO, MPH, MS
Disclosure: No relevant financial relationships

Nursing credit 

This online course has been approved for 1 credit hour by the Washington DC Board of Nursing.

  • Please complete the online registration form and click submit to view the module.
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  • Upon completion of the survey you will be emailed a certificate of completion. 


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