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PhD Course: Environmental Hazards - Risk Assessment and Communication

PhD Course October 6-10, 2014 held by Faculty of Health Sciences, Institute of Public Health, Winsloewparken, Odense, Denmark

Environmental Hazards - Risk Assessment and Communication - See programme

Course description:
Human exposures to environmental hazards are mixed and often vary substantially with time. At the same time, susceptibility to adverse effects varies. New scientific methodologies and the advent of the precautionary principle have generated new avenues and new applications for risk assessment. The aim of this course is to ascertain the methods of risk assessment in environmental health and examine the impact of uncertainties and the implications for risk communication and decision making. The course will include concepts of the individual components of risk assessment, critical assessment of toxicology documentation, exposure assessment, identification of groups at increased risk, statistical modelling, uncertainty assessment, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, risk communication and risk perception.

Human exposures to environmental hazards are mixed and often vary substantially with time. At the same time, susceptibility to adverse effects varies. New scientific methodologies and the advent of the precautionary principle have generated new avenues and new applications for risk assessment. The aim of this course is to ascertain the methods of risk assessment in environmental health and examine the impact of uncertainties and the implications for risk communication and decision making. The course will include concepts of the individual components of risk assessment, critical assessment of toxicology documentation, exposure assessment, identification of groups at increased risk, statistical modelling, uncertainty assessment, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, risk communication and risk perception.

The course will be organized as a combination of lectures, discussion and group work. During the week, each group will draft a risk assessment on a controversial environmental hazard for presentation and discussion in plenary. Course participants are invited to submit proposals on issues that may be included in the course

Course director: Associate Professor Helle Raun Andersen, Environmental Medicine, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark

Course lecturers: Lecturers:
SDU Faculty - Helle Raun Andersen, Philippe Grandjean, Tina Kold Jensen, Jesper Bo Nielsen and Greet Schoeters.
Guest Lecturers - Esben Budtz-Jørgensen (Copenhagen), David Qvist (EEA), Anne Marie Vinggaard (Copenhagen), Birger Heinzow (Germany), and Allan Astrup (Copenhagen