Analyzing RiskPrinciples, Concepts, and Applications

March 5 – 8, 2018

  • $2,470

Harvard Longwood Campus, Boston, MA

A very well organized curriculum with takeaways that far exceed those any other program can provide. An edge above, a must-attend for professionals in risk assessment.
  • —Anita Muller

Program Overview

A Risk Analysis Course

Risk analysis is a scientific tool designed to help us determine the existence and extent of threats to human health, provide information about how best to manage these risks, and improve our ability to communicate with the public about the proper response to these hazards.

This continuing education course explores the principles of risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication, ensuring you can identify, explain, and make decisions about risks to public health. You will learn how risk analysis is done, how it is interpreted, and how it influences regulatory decision-making. This program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to analyze how environmental hazards impact human health.

This program uses case studies, lectures, and small-group work to explore such topics as hazard identification, toxicology and epidemiology in risk analysis, risk perception, risk communication, life-cycle assessment, and the interplay of risk management and the law. You will gain the skills needed to:

  • Perform a broader, nuanced risk assessment
  • Improve the effectiveness of current risk assessment practices
  • Apply these concepts to diverse risk analysis and management issues

During this executive education program, you will explore the legal and policy framework which will inform the direction of risk analysis in upcoming years, gain the skills needed to perform a quantitative risk assessment, discuss key factors influencing the effectiveness of risk assessment and management, and apply these concepts in local, state, federal, or international settings. After completing the course, you will be able to determine whether hazards pose an unacceptable risk to public health, communicate effectively about health risks, and utilize risk analysis to improve decision-making.

What is Risk Analysis?

Risk analysis involves risk assessment (identifying and characterizing hazards to public health), risk management (evaluating how to protect public health), and risk communication (understanding and explaining health risks).

Risk analysis is used to protect the environment and public health by organizing and communicating knowledge about health risks within a framework useful for decision making. This analysis is used to inform regulatory policy and address concerns associated with health hazards in the environment.

Why is Risk Analysis Important?

The public is increasingly concerned about how their health is impacted by environmental hazards such as chemicals, pollution, and food-borne disease. This increased awareness has repercussions for governments, health organizations, and private companies, all of which have a stake in protecting public health. Risk analysis is a useful framework for managing health risks.

Understanding the nature of risks, how people perceive threats to their health, and how risk information is communicated and understood is imperative to ensuring the proper management of environmental health risks.

Private corporations need to be able to understand and address the impact of their operations and products on consumers to ensure they are not harming public health. Through the effective use of risk assessment methodologies, your organization can reduce the costs associated with regulatory non-compliance, avoid legal issues stemming from consumer liability and safety problems, and build organizational trust through their proactive management of potentially hazardous scenarios.

Risk analysis skills are equally important to public health agencies, as they must be able to review risk assessments conducted by industry or other agencies, interpret their findings, and prioritize governmental response to public health hazards.

Develop an Unmatched Network of Public Health Leaders

Program participants come from diverse backgrounds, functions, and organizations from around the world, tied together by their commitment to understanding how to improve public health. By bringing together the various stakeholders involved in risk analysis and management, this course offers a truly rich experience. This program offers a small, personal setting where you will learn as much from your fellow continuing education participants as from program faculty as you exchange valuable insights and best practices. With over 30% of alumni coming from outside the United States and representing more than 30 different countries, this is a truly global course. You will leave Harvard having developed a global network of leading peers you can rely on for guidance as you return home and implement what you learned.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop and expand capacity with current and emerging methods for quantifying risks
  • Evaluate exposure assessment protocols
  • Differentiate between key assumptions and uncertainties in non-cancer and cancer dose-response models
  • Implement probabilistic methods in uncertainty analysis and risk assessment
  • Identify key factors that influence risk perception and communication
  • Evaluate alternative approaches for valuation of environmental health risk outcomes
  • Understand the role of risk information in benefit-cost analysis and risk management

Credits, Fees, and Logistics

Accommodations for 2017

The Hilton Boston Back Bay
40 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115-3123
USA TEL: +1-617-236-1100 FAX: +1-617-867-6104
$129/night plus 14.45% tax, includes internet

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a reduced rate until February 13, 2017 . These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be advised that hotels in the Boston area can sell out very quickly. We recommend making your hotel reservation as soon as you receive registration and payment confirmation. Please mention group code Analyzing Risk and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to receive the special rate.

To book online: click here

The Hilton is approximately 1.5 miles from the program location. Subway, bus, and taxi services are available in front of the hotel.

Program Check-in

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
FXB Building
651 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

The program takes place at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, located in the heart of the Harvard Longwood Campus in Boston. Public transportation is also readily available to the city’s many shopping districts, museums, and restaurants.

For directions, please click here.

Continuing Education Credit

This program is accredited by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs)*, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, equivalent to contact hours of education.

*Participants can apply these contact hours toward other professional education credits. Some of which include CSP, CHMM, NRRPT, etc.

The American Academy of Health Physics will grant Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

ABIH has previously awarded CM credit for this program. The current program can be claimed for CM credits.

All credit counts are subject to final agenda.

What is Included in the Fee?

  • Continental breakfasts, lunches, and refreshment breaks
  • Reception at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Comprehensive web-based reference materials
  • Continuing education credits
  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health certificate of participation


Current faculty, subject to change.

James K. Hammitt, PhD

Program Director

Director, Harvard Center for Risk Analysis
Professor of Economics and Decision Sciences
Department of Health Policy and Management Department of Environmental Health
Harvard. T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Joshua T. Cohen, PhD


Deputy Director, Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health
Tufts Medical Center

John Evans, ScD


Adjunct Lecturer
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

George M. Gray, PhD


Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
Center for Risk Science and Public Health
George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

A. Wallace Hayes


Visiting Scientist
Harvard. T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Francine Laden, ScD, MS


Mark and Catherine Winkler Associate Professor of Environmental Epidemiology
Harvard. T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Associate Professor of Medicine
Channing Division of Network Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Edward F. Maher, ScD, CHP


Instructor, Department of Environmental Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Associate and Senior Health Physicist
Dade Moeller & Associates

Gregory A. Norris, PhD


Co-Director, SHINE
Center for Health and the Global Environment Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE)
Adjunct Lecturer on Life Cycle Assessment
Department of Environmental Health
Harvard. T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Lorenz Rhomberg, PhD, ATS



Joel Schwartz, PhD


Professor of Environmental Epidemiology
Harvard. T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Elsie M. Sunderland, PhD


Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering
Harvard. T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Jonathan B. Wiener, JD


William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law, Professor of Environmental Policy, Professor of Public Policy
Duke University

Eve Wittenberg, PhD, MPP


Resident Faculty
Global Health and Learning Incubator
Harvard University
Senior Research Scientist
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Who Should Participate

Analyzing Risk will benefit anyone involved in conducting, reviewing, or overseeing risk analysis, risk management, or risk communication activities. Participants come from private corporations across industries, non-profit organizations, and local, state, and national governments. Ideal participants will have the following job functions and organizational backgrounds:

Job function:

  • Attorneys
  • Consumer protection
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Environmental science and policy
  • Epidemiology
  • Food safety
  • Health and safety
  • Public health policy and research
  • Government and regulatory affairs
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Toxicology

Organizational function:

  • Academia
  • Commercial and noncommercial research
  • Environmental protection
  • Food production
  • Health care
  • Manufacturing
  • Public health
  • Regulation of industries or sectors
  • Resource extraction and refining