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The Age of the Anthropocene – Environmental Contaminants

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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: OSF-CKS-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


Anthropocene is a proposed geological epoch. Human impact has become so significant to the ecosystem, that we are experiencing global problems in our present. This course is focusing on the most important environmental pollutants of the previous century and our days (pesticides, microplastics, radiation, medicine, etc.). The connection of the pollutants, nature and human health effect is emphasized. The course helps the deeper understanding of Public Health 3 (Environmental Health) for general doctors and dentists. The material of the course was built with a pharmacist approach, focusing on pharmacology and toxicology. The course is highly recommended for pharmacists. Competences: environmental health, environmental epidemiology, pharmacology, (eco)toxicology, ecology.


  • 1. Contaminants in the age of the Anthropocene - Dr. Szabó István
  • 2. Ecotoxicology – bioaccumulation and biomagnification - Dr. Szabó István
  • 3. Transportation of contaminants in the biosphere - Dr. Szabó István
  • 4. Intercontinental air movements – distribution and deposition of contaminants - Dr. Szabó István
  • 5. The century of pesticides – from arsenic to bees - Dr. Szabó István
  • 6. Chlorinated-hydrocarbon pesticides (from Rachel Carlson to our time) - Dr. Szabó István
  • 7. Stockholm Convention and POPs - Dr. Szabó István
  • 8. Stockholm Convention and POPs - Dr. Szabó István
  • 9. The evolution of pesticides – Is there always a new magical compound? - Dr. Szabó István
  • 10. Is there food after the bees? – ecological effect of pesticides - Dr. Szabó István
  • 11. A herbicide in the scope of international authorisation and health - Dr. Szabó István
  • 12. Artificial fertilisers and their appearance in nature - Dr. Szabó István



Reading material

Obligatory literature

Literature developed by the Department

Will be uploaded in Neptun.


Recommended literature

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Maximum of 15 % absence allowed

Mid-term exams

Test at the end of the course.

Making up for missed classes

According to individual judgment.

Exam topics/questions

Test at the end of the course.


Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars