78842 - Toxicology

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Health Professions of Prevention Sciences (cod. 8878)

Learning outcomes

Students know the principles and the methods for risk evaluation in human population  exposed to toxic  compounds in  the environment and the workplace.

Course contents

Toxicology and Society.

General characteristics of the toxic responses.

Classification of toxic agents.

Spectrum of undesired effects.


Mechanisms of toxicity: Tissue necrosis, apoptosis, fibrosis, mutagenesis, carcinogenesis, teratogenesis.

Risk assessment: hazard identification, dose-response assessment, risk characterization.

Case studies.






Lecture files and the notes taken in class are essential for the preparation of the exam.

Students can refer to:

Casarett & Doull -Elementi di Tossicologia ( a cura di Hrelia P e Cantelli Forti G), Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, Milano, 2013

C.L. Galli, E. Corsini, M. Marinovich - Tossicologia - Piccin, Padova, 2016.

Lecture files will be available at  the University of Bologna site https://iol.unibo.it

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars.

Assessment methods

The exam will consist in a written test (or an oral evaluation depending on COVID emergency) aimed at assessing the student's understanding and knowledge of the topics set out during the course.

Teaching tools

PC, websites.

The file of the lessons will be available at AMS Campus -AlmaDL - University of Bologna : http://campus.unibo.it [http://campus.unibo.it/]

Office hours

See the website of Patrizia Hrelia


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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.