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Risk Sciences and Public Policy

Overview

Risk professionals are under increased pressure to interpret complex environmental and health situations in creative ways. The certificate program provides multidisciplinary education designed to increase awareness of the scientific underpinnings of risk assessment and provide a bridge between science and policy that allows innovative public health solutions to complex problems. Risk assessment methods are applied to address a wide range of environmental and public health issues including chemical, microbiological, radiological exposures, natural and man-made disasters, and to evaluate new technologies. Risk assessors are employed in academic, governmental and non-governmental organizations across multiple sectors such as agriculture, energy, environmental protection, armed forces, public health, and transportation.

Educational Objective

Upon conclusion of the Risk Sciences and Public Policy certificate, the student will:

  1. Be able to describe the importance of risk assessment in examining public health problems
  2. Be able to describe the methods of risk assessment and their applicability to public health problems
  3. Be able to discuss the scientific basis for assessing environmental and other public health risks
  4. Be able to complete and document a basic quantitative risk assessment for a chemical exposure
  5. Be familiar with the policy implications of the scientific relationships for reducing public health risks

Intended Audience

This certificate program is open to research scientists interested in bridging science and policy; public and private sector professionals who evaluate scientific data in the context of risk assessment and management; decision makers and risk mangers, such as regulators, corporate executives, elected officials, economists, engineers, and lawyers; and those responsible for communicating risk, such as lobbyists, journalists, and non-governmental organizations.

Admissions Process

Bloomberg School of Public Health masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students are required to complete a Declaration of Intent form and submit it to the Administrative Contact. Applicants are also encouraged to contact one of the certificate faculty sponsors by email in order to receive advice on selecting courses.

All other Johns Hopkins University masters and doctoral students must apply to the program using the school's online application before October 1 of the year in which they will begin taking certificate courses. The certificate application includes a CV, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, and written approval from the student's academic advisor to pursue the certificate. The application does not require scores from the GRE, TOEFL, or ILETS. The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admissions decision. Only those approved and notified by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.

Non-JHU applicants (applicants who are not currently enrolled in a degree program at the Johns Hopkins University) must also apply using the school’s online application before October 1 of the year in which they will begin taking certificate courses. The certificate application includes official transcripts from all post-secondary schools, a CV, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate, one letter of recommendation, and written approval from the student's academic advisor to pursue the certificate.  Transcripts from non-US institutions must be approved by a credentialing agency.  The application does not require scores from the GRE, TOEFL, or ILETS. The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admissions decision.  Only those approved by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate.

Course of Study

The core curriculum consists of four core risk assessment and policy courses as well as three risk science courses that will introduce you to methods of risk assessment and its applications to public policy.

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Courses
317.600Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy431
317.605Methods in Quantitative Risk Assessment413
317.610Risk Policy, Management and Communication342
317.615Topics in Risk Assessment2-4
In addition to the four core courses, you must also take three risk sciences courses:
187.610Public Health Toxicology421
One of the following courses in epidemiology
340.601Principles of Epidemiology5-1, S, SI
340.751 Epidemiologic Methods I5-1
One of the following courses in biostatistics:
140.622Statistical Methods in Public Health II4-2
140.616Statistics for Laboratory Scientists II4-4
280.345

Biostatistics in Public Health

   

S = Course offered in Summer Term
SI = Course offered in Summer Institute

Requirements for Successful Completion

Successful completion (minimum GPA of 3.0 for each course) of the four core courses above and required pre-requisites (or approved waiver from certificate program directors.)

Contact Information

Sponsoring Departments

Health Policy and Management
Environmental Health Sciences
Epidemiology

Faculty Sponsor
Name
Thomas Burke
Phone (410) 955-1604
Email tburke@jhsph.edu

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Name
David Celentano
Phone (410) 955-1356
Email dcelenta@jhsph.edu

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Name
Mary Fox
Phone (443) 287-0778
Email mfox@jhsph.edu

Gainful Employment Program Information

Certificate NameRisk Sciences and Public Policy1
  
CIP Code512202
  
Credential LevelPost-Baccalaureate Certificate
  
Occupations and SOC Codes17-2081 Environmental Engineers
 17-2111 Health and Safety Engineers
 19-1000  Life Scientists
View O*Net occupational profiles27-3010 Announcers
http://www.onetonline.org/find27-3020 News Analyst and Reporters
 27-3030 Public Relations Specialists
 29-9011 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
 45-2010 Agricultural Inspectors
Program Duration
Minimum Number of Term Credits Required22 term credits.  Each term is 8 weeks in duration.
Weeks232 (please read footnote)
  
Program Costs3 
Tuition and FeesThe tuition and fees paid by full-time Johns Hopkins University degree students cover the tuition cost of the certificate program.  Tuition is $954 per term credit for part-time degree students ($20,988 for 22 term credits) plus a one-time application fee of $45  (Academic Year 2013-2014)
Books and Supplies$400 (estimated)
  
On-time Completion Rate426 students earned the certificate in academic year 2012-2013
  
Job Placement Rate5Not required
  
Median Loan Debt upon Program Completion (AY 2013 -2014)
Title IV Debt$0.00
Private Educational Loan Debt$0.00
Institutional Financing Debt$0.00
  1. The certificate is offered to Johns Hopkins University graduate and post-doctoral students (including physicians completing residency or fellowship programs) who are interested in Risk Sciences and Public Policy.
  2. The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.  Students do not need to be enrolled in a certificate course during consecutive terms.  The number of certificate course credits taken may range from zero to 22 per term.  Degree students earn the certificate simultaneously with their degree program and determine the number of credits taken each term with advisor approval.  Full-time degree students are able to complete the certificate within one academic year.
  3. Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.
  4. Completion rates will be tracked beginning in academic year 2012-2013.
  5. The Council of Public Health Education which accredits schools of public health does not require schools to track job placement rates for certificate programs.