317.600.81 INTRODUCTION TO THE RISK SCIENCES AND PUBLIC POLICY
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.
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
Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.