Course aims

The course covers the main topics of health oriented risk analysis with different aspects of risks and terminology used in the field. The main part of the course is dedicated to the related actions used in overall analysis (assessment, perception, communication etc.), and illustration by multiple examples is provided.

Course outcomes

At the end of the course students are expected to have basic knowledge about general terms used in the area of risk, risk management and risk assessment; and respective methods used in this field of analysis.

Course content

Theory classes

1. Basics of Risk Analysis for Public Health 2. Basics of Risk Assessment for Public Health 3. Basics of Risk Management for Public Health 4. Risk Analysis in Perspective  5. Measures of Risk 6. Dose-Response Functions 7. Risk Perception and Communication 8. Variability and Uncertainty 9. Cumulative Risk Assessment 10. Relevant Public Health Law 11. Introduction to DALYs (Disability Adjusted Life Year) 12. How to calculate DALYs 13. Environmental Burden of Disease (EBD) 14. WHO Methodology for assessing EBD 15. Final exam

Practice classes

1. Risk Analysis in Public Health – Case study 2. Risk Assessment in Public Health – Case study 3. Risk Management in Public Health – Case study 4. Measures of Risk – Case study 1 5. Measures of Risk – Case study 2 6. Dose-Response Functions – Case study 1 7. Dose-Response Functions – Case study 2 8. Dose-Response Functions – Case study 3 9. Variability and Uncertainty – Case study 10. Cumulative Risk Assessment – Practical example 11. Calculating DALYs – Practical example 12. Application of DALYs in real-life scenarios 13. WHO Methodology for assessing EBD – Case study 1 14. WHO Methodology for assessing EBD – Case study 2 15. Preparation for final exam


1. List of literature including, but not limited to:

Night noise guidelines for Europe. Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2009.

Kephalopoulos S et al., eds. Proceedings of the International Workshop on “Combined Environmental Exposure: Noise, Air Pollution, Chemicals”, Ispra, Italy, 15–16 January 2007.

Prüss-Üstün A et al. Introduction and methods: assessing the environmental burden of disease at national and local levels. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2003.

Prüss-Üstün A, Kay D, Fewtrell L, Bartram J (2003) Water, sanitation and hygiene. In: Ezzati M, Lopez AD, Rodgers A, Murray CJL, eds. Comparative quantification of health risks: global and regional burden of disease due to selected major risk factors. Geneva, World Health Organization.

2. Transparencies to accompany each course unit.

3. Additional material, e.g. certification material and other relevant directives and documents.