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317.605.01 Methods in Quantitative Risk Assessment

Health Policy and Management
3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  5:00 - 6:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Mary Fox
Course Instructor :



Introduces students to a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods used in hazard identification/characterization, exposure and dose-response assessment for chemical and microbial risk assessments. Students gain experience with selected methods through the assignments including probabilistic exposure assessment modeling, qualitative weight-of-evidence evaluation, 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. Recognize and evaluate information gaps in risk models and the assumptions used to fill them
  3. Describe the influence of variability and uncertainty on risk estimates
  4. Critique risk analyses
Methods of Assessment:

Grades for the course will be based on the assignments (80%) and class participation (20%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With: