About the Certificate

Health risks impact 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 well-being. 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 equip students from various backgrounds with a basic understanding of how to begin addressing increasingly complex human health risk in a rapidly changing technological, social, economic, and political landscape.