Why does Public Health need risk science?
Modern risk science plays an important role in public health. The recognition that complex societal determinants in populations can drive the health of those populations highlights the need to consider evidence from a broader public health perspective. Effective risk management benefits from sound evidence driven by risk-based investigations, leading to interventions to enhance public health of a regulatory, economic, advisory, community-based, or technology-based nature. At its core, responsible public health is based on an in-depth understanding of what causes some people to be healthy and others not, and how we can optimize the health of populations, including those most vulnerable to harm.
"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
by World Health Organization
RSI and Public Health
Our goal as interdisciplinary health scientists is to address the major public health concerns of our day. Strengthening public health practice can bring enormous benefits to population health.RSI brings to bear a variety of skills and expertise, providing science-based arguments that arise from cutting-edge evidence synthesis methods and risk assessment approaches.
What is our expertise in Public Health?
RSI’s expertise in public health spans multiple domains. We have extensive experience modelling the risks and consequences associated with the spread of infectious disease within both human and animal populations. The RSI team is comprised of epidemiologists, physicians, toxicologists, and population health scientists. RSI has been involved in a variety of projects related to fresh water, food, soil contaminants, indoor and outdoor air pollution, pharmaceuticals, paints, packaging, personal care products, and many more. RSI experts have led important studies of the etiology of chronic disease, including cancer, neurological disorders, and cardiovascular conditions. RSI experts have synthesized data from more than 132 countries to address public health issues of international concern and have managed public health campaigns reaching 178 countries.
RSI has conducted research on a wide range of determinants that can affect public health. RSI also conducts systematic, rapid, and critical reviews of scientific evidence, no matter how large the scope of the problem or complexity of the health concern. Our team has extensive experience performing environmental scans and stakeholder engagement to better understand existing public health issues. We analyze data on air pollution and health risks, advise on water and soil contaminants, and provide strategies for prioritizing environmental hazards that affect people in both urban and rural living conditions. Relying on its people and experience, RSI has designed a wide array of effective public health programs to meet public health objectives.