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MPH2075 - Health risk management and communication

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Professor B Priestley


Alfred Hospital Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


Develops knowledge base and rational processes required for risk decision making and risk management in the health arena. Topics includes: examination of risk assessment outcomes in different circumstances; risk management strategies using illustrative case studies in food, water and environmental safety; the principles and science of good risk management; overview of different regulatory frameworks; evolution of risk communication and different communication models using case studies.


On completion of this subject participants will:

  1. understand and apply the process of risk decision-making to a series of case studies relating to current health concerns involving food, water, soil and air;
  2. competently evaluate and interpret the scientific literature in relation to health issues and be able to effectively communicate this information to others;
  3. show familiarity with the principles and procedures that need to be considered and adopted to ensure the community is adequately informed; and
  4. have developed an appreciation that any policies devised to reduce or prevent health risks need to be cost effective.


2 Written assignments 100%

Contact hours

18 contact hours over three days.