|Course Title||An Introduction toAssessing Chronic Health Risk from Chemicals in the Environment Special Course Syllabus|
|Institution||Novosibirsk State University|
I. AIM OF THE COURSE
The Russian existing environmental standards (called PDK) for regulating normal industrial emissions are focused mainly on acute health concerns. However PDK ignores the large and important issue of chronic health effects from longer periods of exposure to pollutants. At the same time, the methodology of human risk assessment of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and US Environmental Protection Agency, USEPA) becomes the international norm (for example, such as International Program on Chemical Safety, IPCS). We hope, that the Russian rules in the near future will also correspond to international norms. Therefore we believe, that the acquaintance with methodology USEPA/IPCS is necessary not only for the students of faculty of natural sciences (biologists, ecologists, medicals), but also for the students of economic faculty.
II. ROLE OF THE COURSE IN THE OVERALL DEGREE CURRICULUM
The offered course will be useful for the students of various specialties:
IlI. METHODS USED
The pedagogical methods will include lectures, practical works and discussions. During practical works the students will use the data of the group of authors from Volgograds and Harvard University. These pilot studies were carried out in Russia according to the rules USEPA and the publication contains the initial data .The statistical computer programs will be used, besides for training for seminars and discussions the students will use the statistical data from national and international databases.
IV. COURSE CONTENT
The first week
1. Lecture (2 hours)
2. Lecture (4 hours)
Assessing Risks to Human Health from Chemicals in the Environment:
The second week
3. Lecture (2 hours)
4. Lecture (2 hours)
Valuation of life and health risks: a case study:
5. Seminar(2 hours)
USEPA-recommended methodology: opportunity of a new sight on the statistical data on illness and mortality.
The third week
6. Lecture (2 hours)
The Psychology of risk and uncertainty:
7. Practical work (2 hours)
Estimation of annual population cancer risk (on the data ).
8. Practical work (2 hours)
Evaluation of mortality impacts due to estimated PM10 Emission (on the data )