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|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,692.75|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$9,125.00|
- OCCX 401
- Limited to
- MHealSc, MPhty, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPhty
- Course outline
- Associate Professor David McBride: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Teaching staff
- Academic Leader: Associate Professor David
Course Lecturer: Dr Mike Anderson
- 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
- This text is available to students as an online resource through the University of
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.
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- 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.
This paper focuses on occupational health practice with particular reference to New Zealand. Our aim is to equip students with knowledge and skills to recognise and investigate occupational diseases in the working population. Appropriate referral and management options are also considered.
The course is distance taught with three audioconferences and a study weekend in Dunedin.
- Epidemiology of occupational disease in New Zealand.
- Occupational history taking and workplace assessment
- Relevant legislation
- Toxicology and risk assessment
- Musculoskeletal diseases, ergonomics, and rehabilitation
- Diseases arising from physical, biological, chemical and psychosocial hazards
- Department of Labour Occupational Health Action Plan to 2013
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