Characterizing human toxicity and ecotoxicity with the scientific consensus model USEtox: Theory and practical application, (5.0) ECTS

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

42 DTU Management Engineering

Course Code: 42713

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Exact date to-be-determined. The course will be held in Singapore 2019


Course type
Ph.D., Professional identity course Taught under single-course student


Scope and form
Lectures, exercises, “hands-on” modeling, practical work with model and data, group work, work on own cases and presentations from course participants, discussions


Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

  • Explain and apply exposure science methods used in life-cycle impact assessments and comparative risk assessments
  • Use and evaluate basic tools for mass-balance, fate modeling, intake fraction, and effect factor estimation
  • Review underlying model assumptions and uncertainties
  • Evaluate data needs along with data and knowledge gaps in toxicity characterization
  • Explain the scientific fundamentals of chemical impact assessment for a broad range of environmental emissions
  • Perform your own assessment using the USEtox scientific consensus model and related near-field exposure models and interpret results
  • Find data sources, implement new substances into USEtox, and modify existing modules
  • Discuss applicability and limitations of USEtox model, data and results in different application fields including life cycle assessment, product environmental footprinting and comparative risk assessment



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