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Details for Course MAM001F Particles and Health

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  • MAM001F
  • Temporary
Course Name
  • Particles and Health
Course Extent
  • 6
Type of Instruction
  • Third-cycle course
Administrative Information
  • 7324 (Department of Design Sciences / Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology)
  •  -04-07
  • FN3/Per Tunestål

Current Established Course Syllabus

  • The aim of the course is to mediate knowledge of how particles may affect human health. Particles of different origins will be covered in three themes: 1) Transport, Energy and Atmosphere, 2) Indoor Air and 3) Work Place Air. 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 internationally leading researchers.
  • • Basic lung physiology, basic toxicology, 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 long-term effects of particle exposure, health impact assessment
    • 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 outdoor and indoor air
    • Important sources such as transport and energy production and atmospheric transformation
    • Toxicological approaches based on cell, animal and human exposures
    • Aerosol drug delivery in pharmaceutical industry
    • Disease transmission by aerosols
    • Risk Assessment
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to describe the major epidemiological findings related to particle exposures
    be able to describe particle characteristics and common exposure levels from a number of sources: transportation and energy, indoor, work place and bioaerosols
    be able to connect particle characteristics with toxicological effects
    be able to describe the processes affecting particle deposition in the lungs and particle translocation
    if with medical/biological background: be able to briefly describe basic concepts in aerosol physics
    if with technical background: be able to briefly describe the physiology of the lung and basic mechanisms of inflammation
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to carry out measurements and evaluate data on a basic level with simple particle monitors
    have gained experience and received tools to actively participate in the multidisciplinary dialogue needed to solve societal problems related to particles and health
    have gained experience in describing a societal problem related to particles and health in written and oral form
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to choose and motivate the use of a particle monitoring technique suitable for the research area and for a given exposure situation
    demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of toxicological approaches through exposures of humans, animals and cells as well as for epidemiological studies
    be able to judge and interpret risk assessments for societal problems related to particle exposures
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Project
  • Self-study literature review
  • Study visit
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 (full-time equivalent): 1.5 weeks (2.25 points)
    • Multi-disciplinary group task on a societal problem related to particles and health. Presented in writing and orally: 1.5 weeks (2.25 points)
    • Final home assignment: 0,5 week (0.75 points).
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • The course is open for PhD students within the area particles and health. The course is open to PhD students at other universities as well as master students in their final year who have a documented research interest in the area.
Assumed Prior Knowledge
  • Knowledge on advanced level on either aerosol technology/exposure assessment/combustion or toxicology/medicine/biomarkers.
Selection Criteria
  • Max. 20-25 participants. Priority is given to PhD students within the LTH profile area Aerosols, participants in the research school ClimBEco and PhD Students at the LU medical faculty in the area Airborne Particles & Health. In case of remaining slots, the course is even open to PhD students with relevant research education for the course objectives and finally to master students in their final year who have a documented research interest in the area.
  • Ruzer, Lev S. & Harley, Naomi H.: Aerosols Handbook: Measurement, Dosimetry, and Health Effects, Second Edition. CRC Press, 2012. ISBN 9781439855102.
  • In addition, overview papers and other book chapters.
Further Information
Course code
  • MAM001F
Administrative Information
  • 2023-02-15
  • Åsa Håkansson

All Established Course Syllabi

2 course syllabi.

Course code ▽ Course Name ▽ Division ▲ Established ▽ Valid from ▽ First hand in ▽ Second hand in ▽ Established ▽
MAM001F Particles and Health Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology 2015‑04‑07 Spring 2015 2015‑03‑23 09:31:23 2015‑03‑27 15:54:21 2015‑04‑07
MAM001F Particles and Health Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology 2023‑02‑15 Spring 2023 2022‑12‑19 15:27:44 2022‑12‑20 14:02:53 2023‑02‑15

Current or Upcoming Published Course Occasion

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All Published Course Occasions

1 course occasion.

Course syllabus valid from Start Date End Date Published
Spring 2015 2018‑04‑23 (approximate) 2018‑06‑18

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