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317.610.01 Risk Policy, Management and Communication

Health Policy and Management
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  5:00 - 6:30pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Robin Dranbauer
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 Objectives:

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Prepare a health risk policy case study distinguishing among relevant policy options
  2. Select and present scientific data to inform the policy development and decision-making processes
  3. Practice good risk communication skills
  4. Evaluate the influence of economic, social, and political factors on health risk policy debates
Methods of Assessment:

homework exercises (35%); written testimony (35%) oral testimony (15%) and class participation (15%)

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

all students required to obtain permission to register

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