317.610.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
MW 5:00:00 PM
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Information not required for this course type

    • 1)Prepare a health risk policy case study distinguishing among relevant policy options; 2)Select and present scientific data to inform the policy development and decision-making processes; 3)Practice good risk communication skills; 4)Evaluate the influence of economic, social, and political factors on health risk policy debates
  • Course Description
    Provides students with an understanding of how the risk sciences are applied in the formulation and implementation of public health policy in “the real world.” Utilizes a case-study approach in placing science-based risk assessment into broad societal context, which includes consideration of social, economic, and political factors that affect decisions regarding risk policy and management. In addition, students gain an overview of public policy development theory, risk management tools and the application of risk communication principles.
  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on class participation and assignments.

  • Prerequisites
  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Contact Information
    Mary Fox
    Thomas Burke
  • Intended Audience

    Students enrolled in the risk policy certificate program

  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)

    The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how the risk sciences are applied in the formulation and implementation of public health risk policy in “the real world.” This understanding should allow:

    •Scientists to provide the type of information that is most likely to be of value in the policy-making process and

    •Policy-makers to improve the scientific sophistication of their risk decisions as well as appreciate the implications of risk policies for risk management and risk communication. The course will achieve its goal of providing an understanding of the policy process by: 1. Examining models of policy development and decision-making principles that theoretically underlie health-risk policies, risk management and risk communication, and 2. Examining the reality of the policy process via case studies.

    •Invited speakers share perspectives from the government, academic, industry, and public health advocacy sectors. These experiences highlight the challenges associated with integrating scientific, economic, political and legal constraints within the context of public values.

    •Students conduct and present their own case study analysis of a health-risk policy, through which they explore the contributions of various legal, financial, and political influences on the development and effectiveness of a current policy, as well as the policy’s implications for risk management and risk communication strategies.

  • Use of TurnItIn

    This course will use the TurnItIn system to encourage appropriate and complete referencing of facts and quotations from source documents. Students will be able to access TurnItIn to check their work prior to submission for review and evaluation.  Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the Turnitin.com service is subject to the Usage Policy posted on the Turnitin.com site

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at dss@jhsph.edu.