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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to environmental health risk assessment; hazard identification
    • Dose-response assessment
    • Exposure assessment
    • Risk characterisation
    • Risk management
    • Risk evaluation and exposure control
    • Risk monitoring
    • Risk perception, risk communication and principles of public participation
    • Risk perception, risk communication and principles of public participation - II
    • Frameworks for risk assessment and risk management
    • Environmental health impact assessment
    • Uses and limitations of risk assessment and risk management in decision-making. Case studies

At the completion of this subject 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%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject 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.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

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