Challenges in Health Risk Assessment

Course dates

The course is given every second year. The last course was on March 17-21, 2014. Next course dates will be announced here later.

Course organiser

The course is organised by the Advanced International Training Programme in Health Risk Assessment at IMM in collaboration with the Doctoral programme Environmental Factors and Health (EFH) at Karolinska Institutet, course number 2378 and the Executive and Professional Education Office at Karolinska Institutet.

Course credits

The course corresponds to 1.5 ECTS credits.

Learning outcomes

After the course the student will have acquired knowledge and understanding of the complexity of health risk assessment of combined exposures and of the sensitivity of early exposure during development. The student shall have acquired a professional attitude in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of complex risk assessments.


The course will include state-of the art international procedures and guidance regarding health risk assessment of combined exposures and of the sensitivity of early exposure during development. A special focus will be on developmental exposure and effects that occur at or persist until adulthood. Present international regulatory strategies to assess the health risks related to these effects will be presented and the usefulness and limitations of these procedures will be discussed. Examples will be given on how risk assessment of combined exposure as well as early sensitivity is handled in different regulatory frameworks. Challenges for development of future risk assessment will be discussed.

Teaching and learning activities

The course consists of lectures, group work and group work presentations.

Course programme

The course programme for the previous course on March 17-21, 2014 is available here.

The course is intended for

PhD students and other participants from academia as well as participants from authorities and industry.

Course fee

There is no course fee for PhD students. The fee for participants from academia (except PhD students), from authorities and from industry will be announced later. Course fee includes course material, coffee breaks and a get together reception. Payment of course fee can only be accepted from the participant’s employer, not from individuals.

The participants must cover their costs for travel and accommodation.

Course application

Information on application procedure to the next course will be available later.

Course leaders

Johanna Zilliacus and Annika Hanberg, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.


Senior lecturer

Johanna Zilliacus

Phone: 08-524 835 44
Organizational unit: Biochemical toxicology

Health risk assessment