1/16, 1/23, & 1/30/24, Risk Communication for Public Health - webinar series

This webinar series focuses on the core principles of risk communication that are of relevance in both routine and crisis settings. Interactive content includes practical applications of these principles including risk perception, trust determination, negative dominance, and mental noise.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this webinar series, participants will be able to:

  • define risk communication and its dual relevance to public health practice activities in both routine and emergent settings;
  • describe the practical importance of risk perception, trust determination, mental noise, and negative dominance in communicating risk effectively to concerned stakeholders;
  • recognize critical distinctions between effective and ineffective risk communication practices; and
  • apply risk communication principles to yield effective risk messaging efforts.

All webinars will take place Tuesday, 2–3 p.m. Eastern
January 16, 2024
January 23, 2024
January 30, 2024


Online. Information to access the course will be sent upon registration.

Target Audience

This webinar series is appropriate for public health practitioners, social workers, and communications specialists.

Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Education credits for certified public health professionals (CPH-CE, 3 hours) and certified health education specialists (CECH category 1, 3 advanced) are available. To receive credit, participants must attend all webinars from beginning to end and complete an evaluation; no partial credit will be given. MAR-PHTC is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Provider ID# MEP 100475.

Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health & Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he has a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management. His areas of expertise include public health emergency readiness and response, mental health aspects of public health emergency response, and organizational culture change issues facing health departments in building a ready public health workforce. The recipient of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Cofounders Award for Excellence in Crisis Intervention/Trauma Research and the National Association of Counties Achievement Award, Barnett earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a medical degree from The Ohio State University. He regularly provides training in public health core competencies and public health preparedness.

Technology Requirements
This interactive webinar is presented through the Zoom Internet-based platform. A computer with high-speed internet connection and the ability to download and run this platform is required. We suggest using a headset or webcam with microphone to best engage with the presenter throughout the training. Be sure to connect your speaking device to your computer before you enter the virtual webinar room. Trying to connect your speaking device after you enter the room may cause Zoom to not recognize the device and render it unusable.

For more information about this course or for assistance with registration, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.