Spring 2024 - HSCI 846 G100

Environmental Health Exposure Assessment and Analysis (3)

Class Number: 4621

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Thu, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    HSCI 845 or permission of the instructor.



Assessment and analysis of exposure to physical, chemical, and biological contaminants in environmental and occupational settings. Theory and methods of assessing exposure through direct and indirect methods. Introduction to statistical and modeling techniques used in interpreting exposure data, describing sources of exposure variability, and identifying important determinants of exposure.


Exposure assessment is a key component of both environmental epidemiology and environmental risk assessment. Exposure assessment also plays an important role in the evaluation of environmental health interventions. This course provides an introduction to the principles of exposure science and its application to the assessment of human exposure to physical, chemical, and biological contaminants in environmental and occupational settings.


Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
•        Describe the role of exposure assessment, and the potential impacts of exposure misclassification, in epidemiology, risk assessment, and environmental surveillance.
•        Identify commonly used exposure assessment approaches for toxicants in different media and for different routes of exposure.
•        Describe the advantages and disadvantages of direct and indirect exposure assessment approaches.
•        Analyze exposure data using SAS statistical software and clearly summarize the results.
•        Describe the use of remote sensing and other spatial data in exposure assessment and use R to conduct spatial analysis.
•        Critique environmental exposure assessment approaches presented in the literature.


  • Exercises and Participation 15%
  • Assignments 60%
  • Final Report 25%



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