About the Certificate

Health risk impacts on every aspect of our lives. From personal welfare to community health, and social justice to sustainable growth, the way we handle risk as individuals and as a society has profound impacts on social and economic wellbeing. Yet it is becoming ever more difficult for public health practitioners and leaders to make informed and responsive risk-based decisions in today’s increasingly complex and interconnected society.

Well-trained scientists and practitioners are clearly needed to help address existing and emergent human health risks. The field of risk science is incredibly broad, spanning risk identification and assessment to risk mitigation; and risk communication to risk decision-making. Today’s accelerating pace of social and technological change is also leading to technical skills having a limited shelf life in many cases.


The Graduate Certificate in Risk Science and Human Health is designed to provide a risk-centric and holistic approach to problem solving. Central to our risk science philosophy is that evidence-informed decision-making is key to identifying and addressing human health risks. However, we believe that this needs to be combined with responsiveness to social, economic and political factors. The ability to take an integrative and adaptive approach to emerging challenges is also critical.

The training provided by the Certificate will equip students from various backgrounds with a basic understanding of how to begin addressing increasingly complex human health risks in a rapidly changing technological, social, economic, and political landscape.