Pharmaceuticals In Our Waters - A Public Health Perspective

This course will be retired from PHTC Online on July 31st. If you are currently enrolling in the course, or have already enrolled, please complete the course prior to this date as the the course content will no longer be available after July 31st.

Over the last decade, contamination of water resources by pharmaceuticals and other chemicals has emerged as a major public health concern. The issue is complex because of the nature of both the resource and the chemicals involved. This case study follows the background, assessment and management of a fictional site in the continental United States. Topics introduced involve the basic concepts in risk assessment and management.


After completing the course, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify sources and migration paths of common contaminants in water resources.
  • Examine human health and ecological impacts from trace exposures.
  • Develop a plan to assess exposure and risk.
  • Demonstrate basic concepts in problem management.
  • Identify available sources of information.

Continuing Education Credits

This activity is sponsored by the Rutgers School of Public Health, and has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health. This program is designated for the participant to receive 1.5 CE credits. Approval number: CE #10567
To receive NJPH Credits for this course, please email your certificate of completion to Carl Donaldson,

1.0 hours of Generic Continuing Education Credits.

  • Training launched: August 1, 2005
  • Estimated time: 3 hours. A refresher session can be completed in about an hour.
  • Free and open to the public

The planners and course authors have no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity. No commercial support has been accepted for this activity.