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Particulate Matter & Public Health

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This course is part of a series of short courses offered by the American College of Medical Toxicology on contemporary issues in environmental toxicology and environmental health developed by leading authorities in medical toxicology, under the direction of Drs. Michael Kosnett, Charles McKay and Paul Wax.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe sources of particulate matter and how it affects air quality.
  2. Appraise air quality trends and interpret their relevance for exposures and health effects.
  3. Define and assess the health status of individuals and populations, including determinants of health and illness, factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, factors influencing the use of health services, and epidemiology (e.g., incidence, prevalence) of diseases.
  4. Identify available resources to investigate and manage particulate matter exposures.

Developed By:


Andrew I. Stolbach, MD, FACMT
Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD
Patrick N. Breysse, PhD
Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD
Ronald White, MS
Director of Regulatory Policy, Center for Effective Government
Washington, DC

Funding for this web-based learning module was made possible (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 1U61TS000117-05 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Created: February 2011

Training Material

  • Pre-Test
  • Presentation Part I
  • Presentation Part II
  • Post-Test
  • Evaluation