Environmental Health Risk Assessment - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Critical review questions (15%) , Assignment 2 - Analytical Report 1 (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit will develop students’ knowledge and understanding of hazard identification, dose -response assessment and risk characterisation. Students will implement risk assessments and evaluate hazards based on selected national and international examples. Principles and conduct of environmental health risk assessments form a central part of the unit content, along with concepts of risk management and factors affecting perceptions and acceptance of risk. Discussion of prevention, control measures and public safety will broaden and deepen students understanding of the field. Students will explore the uses and limitations of risk assessment and risk management in decision making along with the principles of public participation and risk communication.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. integrate national and international concepts, principles and methodologies to critically evaluate environmental hazards
  2. incorporate diverse methodologies and principles to the appropriate communication of risk and public participation
  3. apply appropriate methods and techniques for risk management to control exposures to environmental hazards.
  • Assignment 1 — Critical review questions (15%)
  • Assignment 2 — Analytical Report 1 (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Analytical Report 2 (45%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to environmental health risk assessment; hazard identification
2Dose-response assessment
3Exposure assessment
4Risk characterisation
5Risk management
6Risk evaluation and exposure control
7Risk monitoring
8Risk perception, risk communication and principles of public participation
9Risk perception, risk communication and principles of public participation - II
10Frameworks for risk assessment and risk management
11Environmental health impact assessment
12Uses and limitations of risk assessment and risk management in decision-making. Case studies

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