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Technological Disasters and Their Impact on Health

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Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2020-2021

Course director

Dr. Tímea VARJAS (vtimi_68@yahoo.com), assistant professor

Department of Public Health Medicine

Subject data

Code of subject: OXFTEK-z-T  |  1 credit  |  Dentistry |  Optional module  |  both semesters

Prerequisites: -

Number of hours/semester

12 lectures + 0 practices + 0 seminars = total of 12 hours

Course headcount limitations

min. 1 – max. 20 person

Available as Campus course for 20 student(s). Campus-faculties: ÁOK GYTK TTK


Technological disasters took part in the ever-growing environmental pollution. These exposures mean an acute and also a chronic exposure affecting our health. The aim of the course is to highlight the most memorable disasters from the 20th century. Risk of the toxic agents, the underlying failures that lead to disasters, acute and chronic health effects and prevention strategies are also discussed.


  • 1. Introduction - Classification of technological disasters - Dr. Szabó István
  • 2. Toxicological aspects of disasters - Dr. Szabó István
  • 3. Toxicological aspects of disasters - Dr. Szabó István
  • 4. Air pollution - The Great London Smog - Dr. Szabó István
  • 5. Toxicological aspects of mineral oil - Dr. Szabó István
  • 6. Oil disasters - Dr. Szabó István
  • 7. Chemical industrial disasters - Dr. Szabó István
  • 8. Chemical industrial disasters - Dr. Szabó István
  • 9. Agricultural disasters - Dr. Szabó István
  • 10. Disasters in Hungary (River Tisza, Nagytétény, Red Sludge) - Dr. Szabó István
  • 11. Nuclear disasters - Dr. Szabó István
  • 12. Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster - Dr. Szabó István



Reading material

Obligatory literature

Literature developed by the Department

PPT-presentations (Neptun)


Recommended literature

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Absences should not exceed 15% of lectures and practicals (2x45 min). Otherwise signature of grade book is denied.

Mid-term exams

Examination: written test

Making up for missed classes

based on individual consideration

Exam topics/questions



Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars