About the Course

Welcome to the course! Here you can find information on the course. In the documents folder you can find handouts and other course material.

The course is organised by the Advanced International Training Programme in Health Risk Assessment at IMM in collaboration with the Doctoral programme Environmental Factors and Health (EFH) at Karolinska Institutet, course number 1561 and the Executive and Professional Education Office at Karolinska Institutet.

The course corresponds to 1.5 ECTS credits.

Learning outcomes

After the course the participant shall have acquired knowledge and understanding of the methods and procedures used in health risk assessment. The participant shall also have acquired a professional attitude in interpretation of toxicological and epidemiological studies for use in health risk assessment.


The course will include fundamental concepts in toxicology and risk assessment, epidemiology, exposure assessment, and will also cover risk assessment in regulatory decision-making, critical effects, extrapolation, uncertainty factors and allocation of health-based guidance values. Furthermore, attention will be paid to interpretation possibilities and evaluation of data from different test systems, handling of uncertainties and data gaps, and other problems in health risk assessment. Specific problems created by carcinogens and other types of chemicals will also be discussed.

Teaching and learning activities

The course consists of lectures, group work and group work presentations.

The course is intended for

PhD students and other participants from academia as well as participants from authorities and industry.

Course organisers: Johanna Zilliacus and Annika Hanberg, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.