Training Platform

Environmental Risk Assessment


This course develops the qualitative and quantitative skills necessary to evaluate the probability of health effects from exposure to environmental contaminants. Basic concepts of qualitative and quantitative risk assessments are demonstrated with practical case studies. Emphasis is placed on hazard identification, dose-response evaluation, exposure assessment, and risk characterization. Integration of risk assessment with risk management and risk communication are discussed. Regulatory aspects of risk assessment in the promulgation of environmental standards are presented.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define and discuss basic risk assessment concepts and their basis in human health toxicology
  2. Identify and explain the four steps in qualitative and quantitative risk assessment: hazard identification, dose-response evaluation, exposure assessment, and risk characterization
  3. Use quantitative risk assessment methods and mathematical models for high-to-low dose extrapolation in non-cancer health outcomes
  4. Use quantitative risk assessment methods and non-threshold mathematical models for cancer risk assessment
  5. Discuss the derivation, uses, limitations, and applications of uncertainty analysis, and probabilistic risk assessment
  6. Perform exposure assessments based on data from case studies
  7. Evaluate the use of risk assessments within risk management and risk reduction decision making
  8. Obtain and use published risk assessment guidelines and information resources for databases supporting the public health professionals involved in risk assessment

Course Outline

  1. Toxicological basis for risk assessment
  2. Use of quantitative risk assessment methods through high-to-low dose extrapolation
  3. The application of Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling to risk assessment
  4. The importance of high through output methods in risk assessment in the 21st century
  5. The function of risk assessment in risk management and communication.

Training Delivery Methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
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