Environmental Toxicology: Toxicology is the Science of Poisons

Module Summary

We are all toxicologists! Everything is toxic and the effects on living organisms depend on the dose. Promotores will understand the fundamental concepts of toxicology, which include dose-response, exposure routes, biological variation, and toxicity phases.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand toxicology and associated terms.
  • Learn about everyday toxic substances.
  • Interpret a dose-response curve.
  • Acquire information about biological variation.
  • Define exposure types.
  • Familiarity with toxicity episode phases.
  • Basic understanding of risk assessment.

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(Suggested citation: Moreno Ramirez, D. & Gandolfi, A. J. (2013). Promotor Transferable Training Modules on Environmental Toxicology. Retrieved from: http://superfund.arizona.edu/learning-modules/promotor-modules/environmental-toxicology.)