This practical course prepares environmental health professionals for the implementation and management of risk assessments. By understanding the nature of risk and the public's perceptions, approaches are developed to effectively communicate environmental health risks and related issues to public and private sector decision makers, the media and the community. We also discuss ethical and legal issues related to risk communication.
Demonstrate a familiarity with a variety of approaches used to manage risks at the policy level and in the workplace.
Demonstrate an understanding of the basics of risk perception and some of the factors that influence whether a risk is seen as acceptable or not.
Demonstrate an appreciation for how risks can be mitigated.
Demonstrate an understanding of how risks are perceived by individuals and communities, and the factors affecting this perception.
Demonstrate an understanding of risk communication frameworks (including techniques for communicating risks in both the workplace and the community) as well as a grasp of the practical aspects of discussing risks in both workplace and community settings.
This course may be available online. Students login to the course and communicate with the instructor and fellow students via the Internet. All assignments and course activities are submitted electronically to the course instructor.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
A course refund, minus a $75 administrative fee, will only be provided within six calendar days after the course start date. You will need to provide notification of withdrawal by phone: 250-721-6129 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Credit vs non-credit
Credit refers to degree credit. If you are taking a course or program for credit through UVic Continuing Studies, it means that course or program provides credit towards a degree at UVic or another authorized university. Credit students have to meet certain criteria, such as being accepted to both UVic Continuing Studies and the University of Victoria.