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Term: 1st term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Robin Dranbauer
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Provides an introduction to the basic paradigm for quantitative risk assessment and illustrates its application in the public policy process using case studies. Examines risk assessment in a broad societal context, considering social, economic, and political factors that affect risk decision-making; evolution of risk assessment; and the use of risk assessment in regulatory processes. Students complete a risk assessment exercise.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Achieve a general understanding of the concept of quantitative risk assessment and its application to public health problems
Identify the elements of a quantitative risk assessment, utilizing the general framework developed by the National Research Council
Evaluate a report of a quantitative risk assessment and interpret the policy relevance of the findings
Describe current uses of quantitative risk assessment in policy-making

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on class participation and assignments.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 5:00 - 6:50
  • Wednesday 5:00 - 6:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With: