What are the objectives of this course? | Who made this course possible? | Who is this course for? | What do we expect of you? | What methods does the course use? | Suggestion | Final note
In 2003 PAHO created the Risk Assessment and Management Unit whose purpose is strengthening the countries's capacity to develop, apply and to evaluate policies and public health interventions to monitor, assess, communicate and control the environmental, occupational and consumers risks.
Since technological development exposes us to a great many risk factors, risk communication plays an essential role in helping all those involved to understand what risk is and learn how to manage it. With this course we seek to construct an interactive information-sharing process which will lead to the creation of local proposals for risk management.
We welcome you warmly to this course. Here you will find orientation on the theory and methodology of risk communication. The elements of risk communication are described, as well as strategies and effective procedures for intervention in this area. Our aim is to develop your skills so that you will be able to draw up communication plans with the target population and obtain an operational and sustainable vision of risk communication. In this course we attempt to do the following:
Main goal of the course
To create and strengthen skills for the communication of health risks associated with the environment, using methodologies with theoretical and practical approaches applicable in Latin America and the Caribbean.
This course was developed in the framework of the CDC/PAHO Project (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States, and the Pan American Health Organization) and is promoted by the Pan American Health Organization, through the Risk Assessment and Management Unit of the Sustainable Development and Environmental Health Area (SDE/PAHO).
The technical contents were developed and tried out in training workshops by:
Subsequently the material was enriched and transformed into a self-taught course. During this process, a meeting was called and held in Lima, Peru, in September 2003, where the teaching materials were discussed. The following professionals also took part in this meeting:
Contributions were also received from:
The translation into Portuguese was reviewed by:
The course has been designed for decision-makers, professionals, technical and operations personnel of public institutions, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, students, and all persons interested in risk communication.
It is our hope that the course material will help you to improve your performance in the communication of health risks to different audiences, and to recognize the importance of community participation in the solution of problems relating to health risks.
The course is interactive and self-taught. You follow it at your own pace in the time you have available. You will not have the support of tutors. Once you finish all the modules, you may take the examination that appears on the main screen (entitled FINAL TEST). If you pass, you will be given a certificate stating that you have completed the course.
A second method can be accreditation of the course at universities, where there are national tutors to guide you as you study the modules. Once the modules have been successfully completed, a certificate is awarded with the corresponding academic credits.
Since risk communication is a process made up of different components and stages, we suggest that you study the materials in their order of presentation. This will optimize your learning process.
In each chapter of the
course you will find icons that indicate whether the material is a Power
Point Presentation or a PDF file. Depending on the features of your computer
(memory, microprocessor, hard disk capacity, operative system and software
installed) these files may take some time to open. We therefore recommend
that you first save the files in your hard disk and then open each one
as you come to study it.