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|It appears that
on the west coast of the United States, the opportunities for formal education in risk
assessment (RA) are rather limited. One of the few institutes that offer graduate level
training in a closely-related field is the School of Public Health at the University of
California at Berkeley. Graduate students at that School may elect one of the following
areas of specialization available within its Department of Environmental Health Sciences:
Exposure Assessment and Control in the Community; Occupational and Environmental
Epidemiology; Environmental Health Policy; Industrial Hygiene; Toxicology; and Health,
Environment, and Development. In particular, the Environmental Health Policy area includes
training in risk assessment and risk management.
A Master of Science degree in Environmental Health Science is offered at the San Diego State University in California. This program focuses on water and air quality, exposure and risk assessment, toxicology, and biomonitoring.
The Department of Environmental Health at the University of Washington School of Public Health (and Community Medicine) also offers courses in some of the areas listed above. Graduate students at that School thus are provided with an opportunity to develop their own curriculum leading to an area of specialization closely related to exposure assessment or RA. Such an opportunity does not seem to be available to graduate students at the UCLA School of Public Health, where apparently fewer courses are offered in subjects directly related to exposure assessment or RA.