Executive and Continuing Professional Education

Analyzing Risk: Principles, Concepts, and Applications

March 9–12, 2015 (Tentative)  •  Boston, MA

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Program Overview

To address the public health risks posed by environmental hazards – including air and water pollution, fracking, pesticides, chemicals, radiation, and contaminated food – it is necessary to have a thorough understanding of risk assessment methodologies. To meet this need, Harvard School of Public Health offers an executive course, Analyzing Risk: Principles, Concepts and Applications.

The skills explored in this program are critical to risk management as risk assessment provides focused information which can be used to protect public health and reduce organizational liability. The topics in this course are universal and are applicable to the challenges faced by participants’ organizations regardless of sector or location.

Participants in this program will be able to determine whether a hazard poses an unacceptable risk to public health and apply these criteria to regulatory standards and mitigation requirements. They will also explore the legal and policy framework which will inform the direction of risk analysis in upcoming years, gain the skills needed to perform a quantitative risk assessment, discuss key factors influencing the effectiveness of risk assessment and management, and apply these concepts in local, state, federal, or international settings.

Who Should Participate

Analyzing Risk is designed for a broad cross-section of professionals involved in risk assessment and management with functional responsibilities for:

  • Consumer protection
  • Chemical and biological health and safety
  • Engineering
  • Environmental policy and research
  • Epidemiology
  • Food safety
  • Health or environmental risk assessment
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Public health policy and research
  • Regulatory policy
  • Toxicology

Professionals from both private sector and government organizations in the United States and throughout the world will benefit from participating in the course, including those involved in:

  • Resource extraction
  • Power generation
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical production
  • Manufacturing
  • Chemical research
  • Food production

Presented in collaboration with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis

Recognized by the Harvard Education and Research Center and the Society for Risk Analysis