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Toxicology & Environmental Health

The Toxicology and Environmental Health Track offers graduate training in applied areas of toxicology, with a focus on the translation of basic knowledge of chemical metabolism and mechanisms of cellular toxicity and carcinogenicity to diseases in human populations and changes in delicately balanced ecosystems. Students become experts in exposure assessment, identification of susceptible populations and risk assessment in developing environmental health policy and regulations.

Students may choose to focus in one of four areas:

  • Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology in which students will take courses in epidemiology and human genetics, and will focus their research on identifying gene/environment interactions that increase an individual’s susceptibility to carcinogenic and target organ effects of environmental chemicals. Faculty in this area conduct research on health effects of air pollution and the role of genetic polymorphisms in chemical effects and drug metabolism.
  • Aquatic Toxicology in which students will take courses in environmental toxicology and aquatic toxicology and will focus their research on the impact of environmental chemicals on aquatic organisms and ecological systems. Many of the students working in this area conduct their research with faculty members at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, MD after completing their initial year of coursework on the Baltimore campus. Faculty in this area have research focused on mechanisms of action of endocrine disruptors at the Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.