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Risk Policy, Management and Communication

4th term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Mary Fox

317.600.01 (or 317.600.81) Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy and Introduction to Online Learning.


Examines the role of the risk sciences in the public policy process. A case study approach presents the broad societal context of risk based decision making, including the scientific, social, economic, legal and political factors that drive the policy process. Provides an overview of risk management tools and the application of risk communication principles and strategies. The goal is to provide an understanding of how the risk sciences are applied in the formulation and implementation of public health risk policy in “the real world.”

Learning Objectives:

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

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

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 85% Assignments
  • 15% Participation

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

To confirm student has met pre-requisites.

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