Risk Communication

Risk Communication

NOTE: Length of course days is based on in-person training. Remote training via Zoom courses will be held over multiple days with each day being less than a full-day.

Course Description

Risk Communication is the interactive exchange of information and opinions about hazards and risks, risk-related factors and risk perception.

The Risk Communication course focuses on the interactive exchange of information and opinions about hazards and risks, risk-related factors and risk perception to a variety of stakeholders.
This 3-day in classroom course presents the basics of risk communication as it is practiced in the U.S.A. with applications to food safety.

Prerequisite: While not required, it is recommended that this course be taken after you have completed our Introduction to Risk Analysis and the Regulatory Process and Risk Management course. Those two courses provide contextual information about risk analysis that is not repeated here.

Overview of Topics

Principles of Risk Communication, Knowing your Audience, The Messenger and Risk Communication, Message Development, Channel Choices, Dealing with the Media

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the goals of risk communication
  • Differentiating between proactive and reactive risk communication
  • Recognizing communication competence and communicator credibility
  • Understanding how to communicate expertise and trustworthiness
  • Recognizing the importance of nonverbal communication in communicating credibility
  • Understanding the phases of message design and the research that corresponds with each phase
  • Understanding the practical aspects of message design such as message timing and message organization

This course meets a requirement of the JIFSAN Core Certificate in Food Safety Risk Analysis

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