Objectives of the MSc Toxicology and Environmental Health

Training of students to obtain knowledge and practical skills in the recognition of and, through fundamental and applied research, also in the qualitative and quantitative analysis and evaluation of:

  • Exposure of man and animal to potentially hazardous environmental factors of chemical, biological or physical nature
  • The effects caused by such exposure on health of man, animal and environment

After completing the MSc programme the student is able to:

  • Critically evaluate different advanced exposure assessment methods
  • Design strategies for exposure assessment
  • Analyse and interpret exposure measurements applying different modelling tools (stochastic and deterministic)
  • Characterize measurement error and its consequences
  • Appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of toxicological and epidemiological studies for deriving dose-response relationships
  • Design strategies for study of dose-response relations
  • Evaluate frequently used methods for health effect measurements
  • Apply methods for combining information from different studies to derive a dose-response relationship (meta-analysis)

Next to this the student:

  • Has insight in the risk assessment process
  • Knows how exposure limits and standards are derived
  • Knows what implicit assumptions are made in this process
  • Knows how uncertainties may be evaluated and can be dealt with.
  • Should be able to appreciate the weaknesses in the risk assessment process
  • Should be able to communicate the results to laymen (regulators, the public).
  • Should be aware of how the risk management process works in practice (nationally, and internationally), and is aware of the various interests (e.g. general public, consumer and environmental organizations, industry, policy makers) that play a role