Novel methods and approaches in health risk assessment

Course dates

Latest course was on 18-22 November, 2019.

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 2795.

Course credits

The course corresponds to 1.5 ECTS credits.

Learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:
- define and analyse the scope and purpose of a health risk assessment to identify the specific questions to address
- apply and critically discuss methods to identify, assess and integrate scientific evidence in a health risk assessment
- critically discuss the need for and importance of transparency in health risk assessment


The course includes novel methods and approaches for reaching evidence-based conclusions in health risk assessment. The scope and purpose of a health risk assessment is analysed with the aim to define specific questions related to risk assessment. Different types of scientific evidence that are used in a health risk assessment are identified. Methods for performing a systematic review are practiced, including searching for scientific studies, selection of studies, extraction of data from studies and assessment of reliability and relevance of studies. Methods for assessment of in vitro, in vivo and epidemiological studies are introduced and discussed. Integration of scientific evidence in weight of evidence approach is addressed. The importance of addressing uncertainty in health risk assessment is highlighted. The need for and importance of transparency in health risk assessment is discussed.

Teaching and learning activities

The course consists of lectures including invited lectures by well-renowned international scientists and group seminars (journal clubs).

Course programme

Course programme from the previous course.

Target group

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) is 300 euro, from authorities 600 euro and from industry 900 euro, including VAT. Course fee includes course material and coffee breaks. 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 leader

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


Johanna Zilliacus

Lecturer senior
C6 Institute of Environmental Medicine
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