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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

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.

Note: Fewer than 10 students graduated from this program in the 2012-13 academic year. Therefore, in accordance with US Department of Education guidelines on student privacy, the on-time completion rate and median loan debt data are not published.  The restrictions imposed by the current US Department of Education online disclosure form limit the number of jobs related to this program that can be displayed in this disclosure: the job(s) listed here represent only a sample of the jobs related to the program.

 

  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.