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Methods in the Exposure Sciences

East Baltimore
4th term
Environmental Health and Engineering
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Class Times:
This is a blended course. Over the course of the term, 8 hours of classroom time will be replaced by outside-of-class work.
  • Tuesday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Kirsten Koehler

180.609 PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH or 180.601 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH or an equivalent introductory course in environmental health


Students apply principles of the exposure sciences related to environmental and occupational health contexts. They design an exposure assessment study and interpret exposure data. Students explain routes of exposure and biological mechanisms that influence sampling strategies, and present methods in the context of applications such as policy and regulation and evaluate how exposure studies impact various stakeholders and inform policy decision-making.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe exposure methods used to quantify physical, chemical and biological exposures of relevance to human health.
  2. Design studies to measure exposure, and interpret data obtained from such studies.
  3. Assess exposures using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  4. Link area and personal exposure assessment to biomarkers of internal dose or effect.
  5. Apply exposure assessment techniques in occupational and regulatory contexts.
Methods of Assessment:

Participation & discussion: 10%
Project Assignments (three assignments at 20% each): 60%
Project Paper: 30%

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent is required for students who have not taken prerequisite courses. Consent is not required for all other students.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This class blends traditional classroom time and outside-of-class activities with a corresponding reduction in class sessions. This class will meet once a week. Students are expected to spend one hour a week on class work in addition to regular homework.