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Particulate Matter & Public Health

The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) has developed a series of educational short courses on contemporary issues in environmental toxicology and environmental health. The topic for this module particulate matter and public health.

Developed By:

Patrick N. Breysse, PHD
Andrew Stolbach, MD, FACMT
Ronald H. White, MST
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD


This is a two-part presentation.  The first part focuses on what particulate matter is, how it gets into the environment, trends in air quality, air quality regulations, where to find air quality information and how air quality affects the health status of a community. The second part focuses on clinical impacts of particulate matter in the environment, sensitive populations and appropriate interventions.

Learning Objectives:

1) Describe sources of particulate matter and how it affects air quality

2) Appraise air quality trends and interpret their relevance for exposures and health effects

3) Define and assess the health status of individuals and populations, including determinants of health and illness, factors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention, factors influencing the use of health services, and epidemiology (e.g., incidence, prevalence) of diseases

4) Identify available resources to investigate and manage particulate matter exposures.


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Funding for this web-based learning module was made possible (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 1U61TS000117-03 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.