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Exposure Assessment Techniques for Health Risk Management

3rd term
Environmental Health and Engineering
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Gurumurthy Ramachandran

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. 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 students to use techniques of exposure assessment to quantitatively estimate exposures in occupational and non-occupational settings. Introduces concepts of exposure variability and its implications for interpreting small exposure data sets. Challenges students to 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. Explores case studies to assess exposures in real-life scenarios using multiple methods. Critically evaluates 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
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% Problem sets
  • 25% Critical review of the literature
  • 50% Final Project

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.

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