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Methods in Quantitative Risk Assessment

1st Term
Health Policy and Management
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025

317.600 and Introduction to On-line learning

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. Gains 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. Teaches students to identify and evaluate assumptions used to bridge data gaps and to conceptualize and communicate variability and uncertainty. Uses guest speakers to 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. Use selected software programs
  3. Recognize and evaluate data gaps and models and assumptions used to fill them
  4. Recognize and describe the influence of variability and uncertainty on risk estimates
  5. Critique risk analyses
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 80% Assignments