Course description

Cities are key players in abating health risks of air pollution as well as influencing emissions of pollutants that affect the global climate. Many cities have ambitious goals to become fossil fuel free within the next decades and this can also have important positive and negative consequences on health risks.

You will learn about the whole chain of processes going from emissions, atmospheric physical and chemical transformations, turbulent mixing to health risks, air quality management, legislation and societal costs associated with air pollution in cities.

The main aim is that you should understand the main sources of air pollutants, how they are regulated and how they affect the exposure and health risks of the urban population.

Indoor and workplace air is important in a health perspective, especially since we spend about ninety percent of our time indoors. Many indoor pollutants can affect health even at low concentrations. At workplaces, pollutant concentrations can be high, and it is important with ventilation and regulations for good air quality.
You will learn about indoor and workplace air pollutant sources, regulations, ventilation and health effects.

The main aim is to learn the indoor and workplace air pollutant sources and how they affect health and how the air quality can be improved.

Air Quality Outdoors and Indoors

Topics covered include:

  • The sources of air pollutants including methodologies to measure and calculate emissions
  • National and international legislation regarding both emissions of pollutants and urban air quality control
  • The air quality situation in cities and factors that affect concentrations in cities and the exposure of the population
  • Samplers and instruments to collect and measure air pollutants
  • Health effects of air pollutants, air pollution epidemiology and health risk impact assessment
  • Methodologies for cost- benefit analysis of ambient air pollution
  • Sources of indoor and workplace air pollutant and their health effects
  • Indoor and workplace air pollutant regulations and air quality control

Course includes exercises, laboratory work, study visits and oral presentations.

Special eligibility requirements

To be eligible you must have knowledge corresponding to a Bachelor of Science, or its equivalent, including at least 90 ECTS in one of the natural sciences. Also required is knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B.

Course coordinator

Christer Johansson
Atmospheric Science

Phone +46 8 674 7276


Study counsellors

Environmental Science
Miljö- och hälsoskydd

Analytical Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry