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    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 development of a systematic and analytical approach to assessment. In this paper students develop investigative skills in the detection of chemical, physical, biological, ergonomic and psychosocial hazards. Using the bio-psychosocial model, they develop evidence-based strategies to manage and control health and safety risks.

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

    About this paper

    Paper title Occupational Health
    Subject Occupational Health
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    OCCX 401
    Limited to
    MHealSc, MPhty, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPhty
    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.

    Occupational Health Administrator: Amara Boyd

    Teaching staff

    Academic Leader: Dr Moazzam Zaidi

    Academic Leader: Associate Professor David McBride

    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

    This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

    A three-day compulsory block weekend workshop in Dunedin and interactive expert-led seminars by video conferencing through Zoom.


    These texts are available to students as an online resource through the University of Otago Library:

    Barry S. Levy, David H. Wegman, Sherry L. Baron, Rosemary K. Sokas. Occupational and environmental health - recognizing and preventing disease and injury. (7th Edition). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

    Vickerstaff S, Phillipson C,  Wilkie R  (2011) Work, Health and Wellbeing: The challenges of managing health at work. Bristol, Policy Press

    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.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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