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317.605.81 Methods in Quantitative Risk Assessment

Health Policy and Management
1st term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Mary Fox
Course Instructor:

317.600 Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy and Introduction to Online Learning.


Introduces students to a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods used in chemical and microbial risk assessment. Students gain experience with selected methods through the assignments which include probabilistic exposure assessment modeling, weight of evidence evaluation for hazard identification, use of the benchmark dose for risk assessment, and guided review and critique of existing risk analyses. Students learn to identify and evaluate assumptions used to bridge data gaps and to conceptualize and communicate variability and uncertainty. Guest speakers discuss current and emerging issues in chemical and microbial risk assessment and management.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Create, document, and describe a probabilistic exposure assessment model
  2. Use selected software programs
  3. Recognize and evaluate data gaps and models and assumptions used to fill them
  4. Recognize and describe the influence of variability and uncertainty on risk estimates
  5. Critique risk analyses
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation and assignments.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required