TOPICS IN RISK ASSESSMENT Syllabus

317.615.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 2 Credit(s)
M 5:00:00 PM
  • Course Description

     

    This course is the capstone experience to the four-course sequence required for the Certificate in the Risk Sciences and Public Policy. Students will integrate skills developed in the previous three Risk Sciences and Public Policy Certificate Program core courses to critically analyze the development and implementation of environmental public health policies.

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Tom Burke, PhD, MPH

    Email: tburke@jhsph.edu

    Mary Fox, PhD, MPH
    Email: mfox@jhsph.edu

    Keeve Nachman, PhD, MHS
    Email: knachman@jhsph.edu

    Amanda Lee Johnson

    Email: riskta@jhsph.edu

     

  • Intended Audience

    Students seeking the Certificate in the Risk Sciences and Public Policy.

  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)

    By the conclusion of the course, students will have:

    1.      improved their understanding of the risk assessment development process as practiced in the US and internationally;

    2.      improved their skills in the application of the risk sciences for public health in the context of the National Research Council Science and Decisions: Advancing Risk Assessment  (NRC 2009) report;

    3.      improved their ability to identify and critically assess key science and policy issues involved in the application of the risk sciences to public health policy decision-making; and

     

    4.      improved their ability to apply the skills learned in courses 317.600, 317.605, and 317.610 in the development of solutions for addressing public health problems. 

  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Identify and critically assess key science and policy issues involved in the application of the risk sciences to public health policy decision-making; and
    • Apply the skills learned in courses 317.600, 317.605, and 317.610 in the development of solutions for addressing public health problems.
  • Course Format

    There will be one 90-minute class each week.  The course will present case studies on practical risk communication during a contamination event, implementing Science and Decisions: Advancing Risk Assessment (NRC 2009), and comparing risk assessments in an international context.  Guest speakers include Dr. Richard Denison (Environmental Defense Fund) and Daniel Axelrad (EPA). The last class will feature a career panel with several graduates of the JHSPH Certificate in the Risk Sciences and Public Policy! 

  • Prerequisites
    • Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy (317.600)
    • Methods in Quantitative Risk Assessment (317.605)
    • Risk Policy, Management, and Communication (317.610)
  • Course Evaluation

    Students will be evaluated on the basis of their class participation and the written assignments. 

     

    Grades will be based on the following formula:

    ·         Press release: 40%

    ·         Comparison and discussion of risk assessments from US, Canada and Germany: 40%

    ·         Participation: 20%

  • Required Text(s)

    There is no text book for this course. Readings will be available on CoursePlus.  Supplemental readings will be distributed in class or via email.

  • Contact Information
    Faculty
    Thomas Burke
    Keeve Nachman
    Mary Fox
    Teaching Assistant
    Amanda Lee Johnson
  • 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.

  • Course Schedule

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

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  • 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.