Enkeltfag Engelsk 3.5 ECTS

Risk-benefit assessment of foods: methods for quantifying health effects

Overordnede kursusmål

After the course, the participants will be able to critically select and apply the data and methods needed to compare and quantify adverse and beneficial human health effects of food and to critically evaluate the results of a risk-benefit assessment of foods

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  • Identify the underlying disciplines of risk-benefit assessment of foods
  • Define the core elements of a risk-benefit assessment
  • Use the relevant terminology in risk-benefit assessment
  • Select and apply methods to evaluate and calculate the adverse and beneficial impact of foods on health based on knowledge from the underlying disciplines
  • Apply DALY calculations
  • Identify the uncertainties in a risk-benefit assessment
  • Evaluate the (quantitative) output of a risk-benefit assessment
  • Evaluate the application, communication and management of risk-benefit assessment in foods.


The course provides an introduction to risk-benefit assessment of foods, with an emphasis on methods to quantify the human health impact of food intake. It uses a multidisciplinary approach, introducing methods from epidemiology, toxicological and microbiological risk assessment and nutrition.
The participants will be guided through the methodology and the different challenges associated to risk-benefit assessment of foods and the quantification of the human health impact of food intake. This will be done by (group-)working on a case study of risks and benefits associated with fish consumption, combined with lectures about the theory. The case study will be implemented in an Excel workbook and the widely used Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY) will be used as a common health metric to express disease burden. By the ”hands-on” process, the course participant will gain an understanding of the different elements in a risk-benefit assessment. Teachers with different backgrounds will contribute to the course, emphasizing the multidisciplinary approach.
In agreement with the teachers, there may be an opportunity for PhD students to jointly develop a special follow-up course where they perform a risk-benefit assessment in conjunction with their own research project.

Anbefalede forudsætninger

The course is well suited for Ph.d. students from DTU as well as other (international) universities. It is anticipated that course participants have a background in at least one of the underlying disciplines (nutrition, food safety, epidemiology), but there are no specific prerequisites. When in doubt, please contact the course responsible.


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(International) post docs and professionals with a background in at least one of the underlying disciplines are also welcome to join.
There is a fee of 750 DKK for PhD students from EU/EEA countries, for other participants the fee is 6750 DKK.


Minimum 12, Maksimum: 25.

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Kursus ID 23839
Kursustype Ph.d.
Semesterstart Uge 35
Semester slut Uge 48

10.600,00 kr.

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