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Course Description

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Whether you’re a graduate student or professional looking to learn more about toxicology, the Advanced Principles of Toxicology course provides you with the most recent insights into the principles of toxicology and risk assessment.

Just two weeks in length and instructed by experienced and highly-regarded faculty, this course helps you connect toxicology and risk assessment to your own work.

About the Course

Taught at the graduate level, this two-week intensive course explores current and developing trends in human health, developmental and reproductive toxicology, ecotoxicology, environmental epidemiology, and risk assessment. 

We have brought together leading toxicology experts into one course to provide you with a unique opportunity to learn from some of the best toxicologists in the industry. They will take you through essential principles of toxicological hazard and risk assessment, supported by case studies and practical exercises that allow you to apply concepts to your work assignments.

I really liked the condensed format of this program. I found it extremely helpful with getting a better understanding of the statistical management of risk associated to chemical hazards, and the actual statistics behind risk assessment.

Ciaran Henry, Graduate Student and Chemical Safety Technician

Is this course for you?

This course is designed for professionals in industry, government, public health, food science, or education. Learn how to interpret toxicology reports to better understand the effects of chemical substances on living organisms, assess the risk to human health and ecosystems, and develop policy, and risk management and communication plans.

The course is open to:

  • Professionals in the field
  • International students
  • University of Guelph graduate students (register in TOX*6000 via WebAdvisor).
  • Ontario-based visiting graduate students (register in TOX*6000 via the OVGS process)

If you are unsure about your qualifications to take this course or the registration process, please email our main office.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of environmental and human health toxicology
  • Describe and apply the processes used to interpret toxicological data for humans and the environment
  • Conduct human health and ecotoxicological hazard and risk assessments

Course Topics

  • Mechanisms of Toxic Action
  • Ecotoxicology Applied to the Assessment of Contaminated Land
  • Toxicological Principles (mammals)
  • Endocrine Modulators (mammals)
  • Carcinogen Risk Assessment
  • Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology (mammals)
  • Human Health Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Ecotoxicology (animals)
  • Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment
  • Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) – A Practical Approach
  • Case Studies in Risk Assessment and Risk Communication

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Additional Requirements

Program content is relevant to a variety of industries and registration is open to anyone; however, this is a graduate-level course that usually requires participants to have a bachelor’s or master’s degree with coursework in statistics, chemistry and biology.

This course makes use of CourseLink, our online learning management system. You will be required to access the internet to view and retrieve readings and presentations from the course website. Some offerings may have a live video conference session using Zoom. 

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.


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