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This is the first of 10 lectures on toxicologic epidemiology. Until recent years, epidemiologists and toxicologists were preoccupied with justification for their own professional existence and advances. Today, some epidemiologists and toxicologists are married under the broader mission of public health. In its simplest term, toxicologic epidemiology is the study of the frequency and distribution of adverse human health effects caused or modified by toxic agents or harmful materials. There are difficulties both in defining and measuring of adverse health effect, and in bringing a more precise boundary for toxic agents or harmful materials. This series of lectures is an attempt to circumscribe the boundary of toxicologic epidemiology, a silent but rapidly growing field in industrial and developing countries.

The titles of the 10 lectures are: (1) Toxicology and Epidemiology; (2) Public Health and Risk Assessment; (3) Toxicology and Risk Assessment; (4) Epidemiology and Risk Assessment; (5) Toxicologic Side of Epidemiology; (6) Epidemiologic Side of Toxicology; (7) Human Exposure Assessment I; (8) Human Exposure Assessment II; (9) Characterization of Health Risk; and (10) Toxicologic Epidemiology.