Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania


Trainee Course Curriculum & Schedule

Introduction to Superfund Sites and Health Effects of Hazardous Waste

PHRM 657 / ENVS 657 (Co-listing BGS and SAS)
Fall 2018
Location: TBA

Introduction for PHRM 657 / ENVS 657:

This course will become a key-component of a new Interdisciplinary Superfund Research Training Program involving graduate students in SAS (earth and environmental sciences and biology), graduate students in BGS (Certificate Program in Environmental Health Sciences) that is funded by the Penn Superfund Research & Training Program Center Grant P42-ES023720.

Course Objectives:

Superfund hazardous waste sites are prevalent in our nation and the exposures to toxicants from these sites raises, immediate public health concerns. The aims of this course are to educate students about these sites and provide a scientific basis for hazard identification, hazard characterization, risk communication and risk management. The course will describe the effect of these hazardous chemicals on the ecosystem and vice-versa and remediation and mitigation approaches. These environmental science issues will lead into the environmental health aspects of exposures including: bio-monitoring (external and internal dose, biomarkers and the exposome), toxicological properties of contaminants and mode-of-action. The course will be complemented with visits to two Superfund sites in the region: Ambler (Asbestos) and Palmerton (Heavy Metals).

Course Directors:
  • Mr. Richard V. Pepino, MSS, MS |   Lecturer, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Pharmacology
  • Trevor M. Penning, PhD                |   Professor of Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Biophysics and OB/GYN
Lecture Days/Times:
  • 4:00-5:00 pm Monday (Lecture Only)
  • 4:00-5:30 pm Wednesday (Lecture and Student Assignment)