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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Robin Dranbauer
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructors:

Provides students with an understanding of how the risk sciences are applied in the formulation and implementation of public health policy in “the real world.” Utilizes a case-study approach in placing science-based risk assessment into broad societal context, which includes consideration of social, economic, and political factors that affect decisions regarding risk policy and management. In addition, students gain an overview of public policy development theory, risk management tools and the application of risk communication principles.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Identify and analyze key determinants of risk policy initiatives
Apply critical thinking in evaluating the strengths and limitations of utilizing risk assessments to formulate risk management policy
Improve their ability to communicate the public health risks to decision-makers, the media and the public

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on class participation and assignments.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 5:00 - 6:30
  • Wednesday 5:00 - 6:30
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 40
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

all students required to obtain permission to register

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Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With: