Epidemiologic Approaches for Understanding the Urban Exposome: Thinking Big and Thinking Small (2019)

Epidemiologic Approaches for Understanding the Urban Exposome: Thinking Big and Thinking Small


Jeremy Sarnat (Emory University)

Chava Peretz (Tel Aviv University)

Uri Obolski (Tel Aviv University)

Date and Time:

July 10-15, 2019 | 08:30-13:00/13:30


Room TBA, Sackler Faculty of Medicine

Final Exam:

July 16, 2019 | 9:00-11:00 | Room TBA


Introductory courses in Biostatistics & Epidemiology

Credits: 2
Registration Status: OPEN
Application: Apply now: English (International) | Hebrew (Israeli)

Course Syllabus

The course syllabus can be found here.

Course Description

Individuals are routinely exposed to complex and extremely heterogeneous mixtures of chemical and physical xenobiotic agents over the course of a lifetime. The highly multidimensional nature of both environmental exposure and biological response poses unique challenges for epidemiologists, who have traditionally focused on associations involving exposures to relatively few pollutants and corresponding health.  During the past ten years, the ‘exposome’ has emerged as a powerful theoretical means for addressing the complexities inherent in environmental exposure. Exposomics, a conceptual analogue to the genomics, involves the quantitation of thousands of external and internal exposures, originating from traditional sources (i.e., industrial pollution) as well as those associated with diet and lifestyle.

This course examines novel approaches for characterizing the Urban Exposome, with examples from Israel and abroad. Emphasis will be focused on both external and internal approaches for measuring air pollution exposure and response, but other environmental media will also be covered. Specific attention will be given to the application of these methods in environmental epidemiologic settings. This class will be highly-interactive, and address all aspects of the Urban Exposome, from a complete source-to-outcome pathway, through a series of lectures, in-class discussions and paper reviews, and hands-on computational modeling exercises.


Participants must pass the final exam with a grade of at least 60 (D) to receive academic credit for the course. Non-credit participants are not required to take the final exam.

Lecturer Bios
Jeremy Sarnat, ScD
Associate Professor, Enviornmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Chava Peretz, PhD
Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health, Tel Aviv University
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Uri Obolski, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Porter School of Environment and Earth Sciences and School of Public Health, Tel Aviv University

Contact Information

International: Ms. Saritte Perlman | summersph@tauex.tau.ac.il | +972-(0)3-640-7796
Israeli Applicants: Hebrew Website

Tel Aviv University, P.O. Box 39040, Tel Aviv 6997801, Israel
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