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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 Objectives

Upon conclusion of the Risk Sciences and Public Policy certificate program, 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

Eligibility 

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.  The certificate is also intended for students enrolled in any JHU graduate degree program, as well as students enrolled in the Johns Hopkins University undergraduate public health degree program.

Admissions Process

Applicants must review the How to Apply page for important deadlines and information about the application process, including links to the declaration of intent forms that current JHSPH students must complete.

The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.  Only those approved and notified by the certificate admissions committee may enroll in the certificate program.

Requirement for Successful Completion

The certificate program requires a minimum of 26 term credits.  All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade and an overall GPA 2.75 or better is required for all Certificate courses.  The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate program must be completed within three years.

The student should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program requirements.  The student's transcripts will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program, and processed by the Registrar.

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.

Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the courses are offered.  The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below.  Students should also check for pre-requisites and whether instructor consent is required.

Course No.

Course Title

No. Credits

Online Term

Campus Term

 

Introduction to Online Learning

All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses

0

1,2,3,4

Summer

-

550.860

Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study

0

1,2,3,4

Summer

-

Required Courses

317.600

Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy

4

3

1

317.605

Methods in Quantitative Risk Assessment

4

1

3

317.610

Risk Policy, Management and Communication

3

4

2

317.615

Topics in Risk Assessment

2

-

4

In addition to the four core courses, students must also take three risk sciences courses, including Public Health Toxicology, one course in Epidemiology and one course in Biostatistics. 

187.610

Public Health Toxicology

4

2

1

Students must select one of the following courses in epidemiology: 

340.601

Principles of Epidemiology

5

-

S, SI

340.680Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology4-4, SI
340.721Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health I531
340.722Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health II424

340.751

Epidemiologic Methods I

5

-

1

340.769

Professional Epidemiology Methods

4

-

3

To satisfy the Biostatistics requirement, students must select either BOTH 140.612 AND 140.613 OR 140.616 OR 140.622 OR AS280.345; BOTH 140.612 and 140.613 must be taken together

140.612Statistical Reasoning in Public Health II (please note course prerequisites)322,SI
140.613Data Analysis Workshop I2-SI,WI

140.616

Statistics for Laboratory Scientists II

4

-

4

140.622

Statistical Methods in Public Health II

4

-

2

AS280.345*

Biostatistics in Public Health

   

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

* AS 280.345 Biostatistics in Public Health is an undergraduate level course offered at the Johns Hopkins University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences campus.  This course is an acceptable course only for those Johns Hopkins University undergraduates who are accepted into the Risk Sciences and Public Policy certificate program.

Contact Information

Sponsoring Departments
Health Policy and Management
Environmental Health Sciences
Epidemiology

Certificate Program Contact
Name Pamela Davis
Email HPM_Certificates@jhu.edu

Faculty Sponsor
Name Mary Fox

Faculty Co-Sponsor 
Name  
Keeve Nachman
 

Gainful Employment Program Information

In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment programs. To see the most recent data available for this gainful employment program, please view the attached disclosure.