January 25 - January 29, 2021

Course Overview


Provide an introduction to the principles of toxicology, physiology and epidemiology. The course will cover the main types of harmful effects to target organs from exposure to chemical hazards at work, and the hazards associated with common hazardous substances.

Learning Outcomes

On completing this course successfully the student will be able to:

• Provide definitions of commonly used toxicological terms;

• Describe the main routes by which hazardous substances can enter the body, and the factors which influence their absorption, distribution, storage and elimination;

• Describe the main sources of information on hazardous substances and processes;

• Describe the main features of the principal target organs affected by hazardous substances at work, and the factors which influence the degree of harm;

• Describe the main routes of exposure and toxic and health effects for hazardous substances commonly encountered in the workplace;

• Carry out basic interpretation of the results from epidemiological studies. Course Format

Course Content

Run as a 5 day taught on-line course including lectures, tutorials, practical/demonstration sessions, guided reading, overnight questions and on-line examination on the final day.

The written examination will be a 40 short answer question “open book” examination with an allowed time of 120 minutes.


The W507 Module topics include:-

Basic Principles of Toxicology

Physiology and Target Organs


Health Effects and Industrial Processes

Biological Agents (outlined as annex*)

For the full course specification please refer to the W507 syllabus which can be found in the approved course materials section of the OH Learning website as a download.