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317.600.81 INTRODUCTION TO THE RISK SCIENCES AND PUBLIC POLICY

Department:
Health Policy and Management
Term:
3rd term
Credits:
4 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Location:
Internet
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Robin Dranbauer
Course Instructors:

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Prerequisite:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.

Description:

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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Achieve a general understanding of the concept of quantitative risk assessment and its application to public health problems
  2. Identify the elements of a quantitative risk assessment, utilizing the general framework developed by the National Research Council
  3. Evaluate a report of a quantitative risk assessment and interpret the policy relevance of the findings
  4. Describe current uses of quantitative risk assessment in policy-making
Methods of Assessment:

Five homework assignments, two short quizzes, and class participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

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