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OCCH401 Occupational Health

Introduction to occupational health with an emphasis on the prevention of ill health caused by workplace hazards.

It has been estimated that each year between 700 to 1,000 New Zealand workers die prematurely of work-related disease. This paper focuses on the workplace and best practice in the recognition, management and prevention of occupational diseases. Students will learn how to recognise the relationships between workplace exposures and disease, and using a team-based approach, skills will be developed in the systematic analysis of workplace conditions. Graduates will be able to formulate and operationalise an occupational health management plan.

Paper title Occupational Health
Paper code OCCH401
Subject Occupational Health
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,692.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,125.00

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Restriction
OCCX 401
Limited to
MHealSc, MPhty, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPhty
Course outline
Contact
Associate Professor David McBride: david.mcbride@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Academic Leader: Associate Professor David McBride
Paper Structure
The key themes are:
  • Recognition and evaluation of occupational diseases
  • Systematic workplace hazard analysis
  • Risk assessment, evaluation and communication
  • Developing a preventive strategy and management plan
Teaching Arrangements
A three-day compulsory block weekend workshop in Dunedin

Interactive expert-led seminars by conferencing through Otago Connect
Textbooks
This text is available to students as an online resource through the University of Otago Library:

Levy BS, Wegman DH, Baron Sl, Sokas RK. Occupational and environmental health - recognizing and preventing disease and injury. (6th Edition). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will learn how to recognise the relationships between workplace exposures and disease, and using a team-based approach, skills will be developed in the systematic analysis of workplace conditions. Graduates will be able to formulate and operationalise an occupational health management plan.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Introduction to occupational health with an emphasis on the prevention of ill health caused by workplace hazards.

Strategic management of health and safety risks in the workplace requires the systematic and analytical framework taught in this paper. Students learn to recognise chemical, physical, biological, ergonomic and psychosocial hazards, and using the bio-psychosocial model, develop evidence-based strategies to manage and control health and safety risks.

The graduate will have developed 'hands-on' skills in the systematic evaluation of occupational health hazards and will be able to formulate a workplace specific health and safety management plan.

Paper title Occupational Health
Paper code OCCH401
Subject Occupational Health
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
OCCX 401
Limited to
MHealSc, MPhty, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPhty
Contact
Associate Professor David McBride: david.mcbride@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Academic Leader: Associate Professor David McBride
Course Lecturer: Donna Burt
Paper Structure
The key themes are the systematic evaluation of risks to health and safety in the workplace and the development of an evidence-based management plan.
Teaching Arrangements
A three-day compulsory block weekend workshop in Dunedin

Interactive expert-led seminars by conferencing through Otago Connect
Textbooks
This text is available to students as an online resource through the University of Otago Library:

Levy BS, Wegman DH, Baron Sl, Sokas RK. Occupational and environmental health - recognizing and preventing disease and injury. (6th Edition). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will learn how to carry out a systematic investigation of the workplace in order to identify risks to health and safety in the workplace. Using a team-based collegial approach, the graduate will be able at to apply critical analysis skills and use 'best practice' in the development of a health and safety management plan.
Eligibility
Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Hazard Assessment and Management must either be graduates or hold an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years of full-time tertiary study. Admission is always subject to the approval of the Board of the Division of Health Sciences, which will require evidence of the candidate's ability to undertake advanced academic study.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard