Course Syllabus for

Particles and Health
Partiklar och hälsa

MAM001F, 6 credits

Valid from: Spring 2015
Decided by: FN3/Per Tunestål
Date of establishment: 2015-04-07

General Information

Division: Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The aim of the course is to mediate knowledge of how particles may affect human health. Particles of different origin such as atmospheric, indoor, workplace aerosols and engineered nanoparticles will be covered. The participants will learn how to assess exposures and effects of particles as well as relationships between particle properties and toxicological effects. The course will provide insight into the latest research in the field through lectures given by leading invited researchers.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

• Basic lung physiology, basic toxicology (genotoxicity), inflammatory processes • Basic aerosol physics and chemistry • Techniques to measure exposure and characterize particles • Known diseases associated with particles and ways to measure health effects • Short- and longterm effects of particle exposure, population-studies • Formation of particles, dispersion and transformation and deposition in the lungs • The occurrence of particles and their properties at various work places as well as in out- and indoors air • Important sources such as combustion-derived particles, atmospheric particles • Engineered nanoparticles / nanotoxicology • Toxicological approaches based on cell, animal and humans exposures • Particle interactions with proteins • Aerosol drug delivery in pharmaceutical industry • Electronic cigarettes • Exposure assessment and risk assessment

Course Literature

Ruzer, L. & Harley, N.: Aerosols Handbook: Meaurement, Dosimetry, and Health Effects. ISBN 9781439855102.
In addition overview papers and other book chapters

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, laboratory exercises, project, self-study literature review, study visit

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written report, written assignments. • Individual home assignment task before the lecture part of the course, summarize two review papers and discuss these in groups 0,5 week (0,75 points) • Lectures 1,5 week (2,25 points) • Multi-disciplinary group task on a societal problem related to particles and health. Presented in writing and orally 1,5 week (2,25 points) • Final home assignment 0,5 week (0,75 points)
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: The course is open for PhD-students within the area particles and health. Last year master students who have a documented research interest in the area will be admitted if there are spaces left.
Assumed prior knowledge: Knowledge on advanced level on either aerosol technology/exposure assessment/nanotechnology/combustion or toxicology/medicine/biomarkers
Selection criteria: PhD students within the Metalund research school have primary priority. Secondary priority to other PhD students with relevant research direction for the scope of the course. Maximum 20-25 participants

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