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Course details

Various types of risk assessments conducted in Canada are examined: Human Health Risk Assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments, and Health Impact Assessments. We review case studies and apply critical thinking and problem solving skills. Key concepts regarding risk assessment, risk management, risk characterization and risk communication are also explored. This course is designed for environmental public health professionals who have completed undergraduate course work. It is also suitable for students from other disciplines with an interest in environmental and public health risk assessments. BCIT issues a statement of completion to participants who achieve a minimum 70% final grade.


  • Post-secondary education in environmental health, public health or related discipline.





Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2023

Below is one offering of ENVH 4900 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.

CRN 63513


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  • 26 weeks
  • CRN 63513
  • $807.20
Continuous Entry, Distance or Online

This is an online learning course. Start any time. You have 26 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.


Helen Heacock

Course outline




Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you immediately after registering. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  3. This is an online course that requires no course materials to be purchased. You have 26 weeks from the day you register to complete it at your own pace. There is no instructor or schedule. The course takes a 36-hour study commitment: 7 assignments. SPONSORED STUDENTS - Please follow the instructions on the registration page to have your sponsor arrange payment. Additional information can be found at the following link:

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Outline the principles of risk assessment and explain risk assessment terminology.
  • Summarize the scope and significance of Canadian legislation that applies to risk assessment.
  • Identify the differences between risk assessment, risk management, risk characterization and risk communication.
  • Describe the Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) process.
  • Describe the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.
  • Describe the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) process.
  • Discuss the role of agencies and individuals in HHRA, EIA and HIAs.
  • Explain the principles of evidence-based recommendations for health policy.
  • Outline the principles of risk communication and explain risk communication terminology.
  • Describe how to reduce Outrage and barriers to Outrage Reduction.
  • Identify when expert assistance is needed and who to ask.
  • Describe the role of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA), public participation, First Nations, government agencies and private enterprise in the consultation process.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2014


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