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Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy

1st Term
Health Policy and Management
Academic Year
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Keeve Nachman
Contact Email
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only
Next Offered
Only offered in 2021
Provides an introduction to the basic paradigm for quantitative risk assessment and illustrates its application in the public policy process using case studies. Examines risk assessment in a broad societal context, considering social, economic, and political factors that affect risk decision-making; evolution of risk assessment; and the use of risk assessment in regulatory processes. Students complete a risk assessment exercise.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Achieve a general understanding of the concept of quantitative risk assessment and its application to public health problems
  2. Identify the elements of a quantitative risk assessment, utilizing the general framework developed by the National Research Council
  3. Evaluate a report of a quantitative risk assessment and interpret the policy relevance of the findings
  4. Describe current uses of quantitative risk assessment in policy-making
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 10% Participation
  • 40% Homework
  • 20% Quizzes
  • 30% Exam(s)
Jointly Offered With
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