This course is designed to provide an overview of environmental epidemiology and the principles and methods used in the investigation of human health effects associated with environmental exposures. Three common scenarios for the exposure-disease relationship are described as are study design approaches. Particular focus is given to the problems associated with disease cluster events, both in the investigation and interpretation of findings.
Methodologic issues such as the calculation, interpretation and communication of risk measurements (relative risk and odds ratio) are covered. Exposure assessment in environmental settings is described and includes discussion of routes of exposure, environmental media, and measurement parameters such as concentration, duration and frequency. Choices and limitations of exposure assessment strategies are discussed with coverage of the possible effects of exposure misclassification upon interpretation of study findings.
Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students
- Describe exposure routes of environmental contaminants
- Identify the study designs used to investigate possible human health effects of environmental exposures
- Describe the strengths and weaknesses of the commonly used study designs
- Calculate and interpret measures of association such as relative risk and odds ratio from a standard 2 x 2 table
- Discuss how environmental exposure can be measured, comparing the use of actual versus surrogate measurements
- Describe the possible influence of misclassification of exposure on the accuracy of risk measurements
Dr. Mary Hovinga, PhD, MPH
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- 6.00 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 6.00 hour(s) of credit for completing Environmental Epidemiology
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