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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, 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 should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibilty and special instructions.

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 earn the certificate. 

Requirement for Successful Completion

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

The student must submit a Notification of Completion to the certificate's administrative contact after completing all of the certificate requirements.  The student's transcripts will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitte, 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, you must also take three risk sciences courses, including Public Health Toxicology, one course in Epidemiology and one course in Biostatistics: Student with appropriate equivalent academic training at the graduate level may apply to the Faculty Sponsor for a waiver for one or more of the following courses, however, they must complete 18 credits of coursework at JHSPH in order to satisfy certificate requirements:

187.610

Public Health Toxicology

4

2

1

One of the following courses in epidemiology

340.601

Principles of Epidemiology

5

3

1, S, SI

340.751

Epidemiologic Methods I

5

-

1

340.608

Observational Epidemiology

4

4

2

340.769

Professional Epidemiology Methods

4

-

3

340.680

Environmental and Occupational Epidemiolgy

4

-

4

One of the following courses in biostatistics:

140.622

Statistical Methods in Public Health II

4

-

2

140.616

Statistics for Laboratory Scientists II

4

-

4

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

Faculty Sponsor
Name
Thomas Burke
Phone (410) 955-1604
Email tburke1@jhu.edu

Faculty Co-Sponsor
Name
David Celentano
Phone (410) 955-1356
Email dcelent1@jhu.edu

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

Administrative Contact
Name
Pamela Davis
Email pamela.davis@jhu.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.