What is Toxicology?
Toxicology is a science that unites medicine, biology, chemistry, ecology and pharmacology. Toxicology studies various poisons - their impact on human and animal health, ecosystems, how human and animal bodies fight against their effects, as well as methods for treating poisoning.
What is poison?
Poison is a substance from the external environment that penetrates into the human body or any other living being, and causes harmful changes in this organism. Poisons can have different origins - they can be anthropogenic, animal or vegetable, radioactive.
Aims of Toxicology
Toxicology is divided in several subdisciplines with different aims and research topics. One of them is Environmental Toxicology. This discipline deals with effects of poisons got into an ecosystem. It studies how a poison participates in the process of circulation of substances in the biosystem and how it affects the nutrition and livelihoods of participants in this biosystem.
The main task of environmental toxicology is the preservation of human life, both on the scale of individuals and the whole species. The environment in this case is seen as an active component that affects the appearance and spread of poisoning.
Study programs in Toxicology
On our website you can find both study programs in Clinical Toxicology and Environmental Toxicology (or Ecotoxicology). Bachelor study programs in Toxicology are not common, so if you wish to study Toxicology, it would be better to start with a Bachelor degree in Chemistry or Ecology. Toxicology is usually taught as Master’s study programs, for example, MA Forensic Toxicology by Research in Bournemouth University, UK, MA Ecotoxicology in University of Gothenburg, Sweden, or MA Toxicology and Environmental Health in Utrecht University, Netherlands. Find the most relevant study program in Toxicology by using the Search button.