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|It was mentioned
in Lecture 1 that many online (and offline) courses are
now available in health risk assessment (RA) in relation to the use of toxicology or
epidemiology. That discussion however fell short of pointing out the many opportunities
now available for students to pursue a formal education in this field, whether it is under
the name of RA or something else.
Perhaps one of the most referenced doctoral degree programs in human exposure assessment in the USA is that offered by the Rutgers University Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences (in collaboration with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health). It is their program's goal to educate students in the multifaceted science of exposure assessment. According to their program announcement, students in this curriculum "collaborate with toxicologists and environmental scientists to address the fundamental nature of human exposure." These students will also "gain the ability to use their training in applications of risk assessment, epidemiology, disease intervention, diagnosis, and risk management."
This graduate program includes training in: sampling strategies; new methods of measuring inhalation, ingestion, and dermal exposure; mathematical models of personal exposure and source-receptor relationships; time-concentration profiles of individuals for epidemiologic investigations; characterizations of sources and concentrations of pollutants; and chemical biological markers within the general population and sensitive sub-groups. As expected, these topics are largely similar to those discussed earlier in Lectures 7 and 8.