SHSM13003U  Qualitative and Quantitative Risk Analysis of Animal Health and Food Safety

Volume 2015/2016
Education
Master's Programme in Veterinary Public Health - compulsory
Content

Part 1 is a preparation week. The course participants will be asked to read relevant material about the principles of risk analysis and take an online self-test to highlight potential discussion points for Part 2.
Part 2 focuses on
- introduction to relevant guidelines and agreements and the difference between these (e.g. SPS-agreement, Codes alimentarius)
- introduction to surveillance concepts and different purposes of surveillance and how these may relate to risk analysis
- introduction and discussion of the three main elements of Risk Analysis (Risk Assessment, Risk Management and Risk Communication)
- principles of risk assessment methods: Hazard identification, framing the question, drawing risk pathways, release assessment, exposure assessment, consequence assessment, epidemiology of the disease, evaluation of available data, uncertainty vs. variability, objectivity and transparency of models, types of risk estimates
- introduction to principles of quantitative risk assessment methodology including probability and probability deistributions, principles of probabilistic analysis including uncertainty and variability
- introduction to risk management: e.g. principles, required level of protection, risk mitigation, management in relation to animal health and food safety, risk management in international trade and traceability
- risk communication: credibility of communicating with decision makers and stakeholders
- application of risk analysis

Part 3 focuses on elements from Part 1 and 2 during a 5-week elearning period. During these weeks the participants will work on specific case studies to train and improve the understandin of different aspects of risk analysis of animal health and food safety.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of the course the participant should have qualifications to:

Knowledge:
- understand the concept of risk
- describe surveillance and control scenarios where risk estimates are used 
- define and describe relevant animal health and food safety risks
- understand the principles of and differences between risk assessment, risk communication and risk management
- choose among methods for risk assessment
- understand the type of uncertainties that are implicit in risk assessment and how to deal with these

Skills:
- phrase appropriate risk questions
- identify the hazard
- draw relevant risk pathways
- participate in the analysis of data and provide relevant information as input for risk assessment
- communicate risk estimates / levels of risk to decision makers

Comptences:
- collaborate scientifically and administratively with stakeholders/parties involved in all elements of risk analysis
- take responsibility and make decisions in the disease control process 
- and be prepared for changing decison when needed.

Handbook on Import Risk Analysis for Animals and Animal Products: Introduction and qualitative risk analysis. Vol. 1, 2nd ed. 2010. Published by OIE.
Selected papers and course notes.

A BSc or MSc degree in veterinary medicine, human medicine, agricultural sciences, engineering or natural sciences is required - and at least two years of relevant professional experience. If you wish to attend single courses, the above mentioned requirements can be deviated. Good English language skills are required.
It is recommended the participant has completed Epidemiology Part 1 (SFKM10189U), Statistics for Veterinarians (SHSM13004) og other similar courses on biostatistics and/or epidemiology.
Participants are asked to read introductory literature before Part 2. During Part 2 of the course, lectures and exercises on basic and applied topics are given. Participants work individually and in groups on theoretical and practical exercises, with emphasis on understanding basic principles and practical applications.
During Part 2, the e-learning period, participants will work individually and in groups on theoretical and applied topics introduced in Part 1, and relevant teacher support will be provided throughout
Part 1 is conducted as distance learning (preparation and online self-test).
Part 2 is on Frederiksberg Campus.
Part 3 is conducted as distance learning (elearning).
Credit
5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio
Written examination, 24 hours
An examination assignment is uploaded on the e-learning homepage and distributed by email to the participants, and answers must be returned electronically within 24 hours. All resources at disposal can be used to answer the questions, but individual answers must submit from each course participant. Group answers are not accepted.
Weight: The final examination counts 50 % of the final mark. Activities prior to the final examination count 50 % of the final mark.
Exam registration requirements
Participation in the whole course and successfully complete 75 % of the course assignments prior to the final exam.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Exam period
The ordinary exam will be held December 9-10 from noon to noon (CET)
Re-exam
The re-exam will be held December 18-19 from noon to noon (CET), if necessary.
Criteria for exam assesment

Knowledge:
- understand the concept of risk
- describe surveillance and control scenarios where risk estimates are used
- define and describe relevant animal health and food safety risks
- understand the principles of and differences between risk assessment, risk communication and risk management
- choose among methods for risk assessment
- understand the type of uncertainties that are implicit in risk assessment and how to deal with these

Skills:
- phrase appropriate risk questions
- identify the hazard
- draw relevant risk pathways
- participate in the analysis of data and provide relevant information as input for risk assessment
- communicate risk estimates / levels of risk to decision makers

Comptences:
- collaborate scientifically and administratively with stakeholders/parties involved in all elements of risk analysis
- take responsibility and make decisions in the disease control process
- and be prepared for changing decison when needed.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 15
  • Theory exercises
  • 15
  • Practical exercises
  • 83,5
  • Exam
  • 24
  • Total
  • 137,5