Course at a Glance
Chemicals and Health
This course covers chemicals in our environment and in our bodies and how they impact our health. It addresses policies and practices related to chemicals, particularly related to how they get into our bodies (exposures), what they do when they get there (toxicology), how we measure them (biomonitoring) and their impact on our health.
About the Course
Chemicals make up every part of us! Some chemicals are vital to our health, while others may be harmful. This course focuses on the potentially harmful effects of some of the many chemicals we encounter every day, with particular attention to measuring our exposures to these chemicals.
While personal care products, food packaging and other consumer conveniences have greatly improved our quality of life, they have also introduced the opportunity for exposures to many new and not-well-understood chemicals. Studies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals, confirm that widely-used chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) and flame retardants are routinely found in human blood or urine.
At the end of this course, students will better understand chemicals in the environment, exposure, toxicology, biomonitoring, and related public health and policy implications.