Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
This continuing education course explores the principles of risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication, ensuring participants can identify, explain, and make decisions about risks to public health. They will learn how risk analysis is done, how it is interpreted, and how it influences regulatory decision-making. This program will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to analyze how environmental hazards impact human health.
This program uses case studies, lectures, and small-group work to explore such topics as hazard identification, toxicology and epidemiology in risk analysis, risk perception, risk communication, life-cycle assessment, and the interplay of risk management and the law. Participants will gain the skills needed to:
- Perform a broader, nuanced risk assessment
- Improve the effectiveness of current risk assessment practices
- Apply these concepts to diverse risk analysis and management issues
During this program, participants will explore the legal and policy framework which will inform the direction of risk analysis in upcoming years, gain the skills needed to perform a quantitative risk assessment, discuss key factors influencing the effectiveness of risk assessment and management, and apply these concepts in local, state, federal, or international settings. After completing the course, they will be able to determine whether hazards pose an unacceptable risk to public health, communicate effectively about health risks, and utilize risk analysis to improve decision-making.
For additional information, see the course web site.