Risk Management: Perception and Communication

Code: HPEO403
Apply this course towards: Environmental and Occupational Health

Course description

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.

Learning objectives

  • 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.


Admission to the certificate program in Environmental and Occupational Health.

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