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180.656.11 Risk Analysis of Engineered Nanomaterials

Environmental Health and Engineering
Summer Inst. term
1 credit
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Sat 06/14/2014 - Sat 06/14/2014
Class Times:
  • Saturday,  8:30am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Ronald White
Course Instructors:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy or equivalent academic training or professional experience.


Students apply environmental health risk analysis techniques (risk assessment, risk management, risk communication) to the use of engineered nanomaterials in nanotechnology and products. Discusses how nanomaterials are used in consumer, industrial and medical products and their potential health risks. Explores the current and emerging approaches for nanotoxicology, and examines nanomaterial fate and transport in the environment. Assesses the determination of nanomaterial exposures and explores various approaches to the management and communication of nanotechnology risks and benefits.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe how fundamental principles of risk assessment, risk management and risk communication interrelate with the use of engineered nanomaterials in products and technologies in a societal context
  2. Identify key issues and approaches to assessing and managing the health impacts of engineered nanomaterials in technologies and products
  3. Analyze and articulate the application of risk analysis approaches to engineered nanomaterials in technology and products, including potential risk-risk and risk-benefit trade-off issues
Methods of Assessment:

Grading for the course will be based on the following components: final paper (75%) and class participation (25%).

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for auditors, students with no previous training in the risk sciences

For consent, contact: