This free online course provides an introduction to occupational health – a part of public health that is neglected in many developing countries, where industrial activity is increasing, but the health and safety of workers is hardly discussed.
The course will teach you basic knowledge of occupational health and how to prevent the development of diseases and injuries, which are caused by working conditions in developing countries.
After the course, you will understand:
the basic concepts of occupational health;
the tasks and structure of occupational health services;
the most important risk factors for illness and injuries at workplaces globally;
the major occupational diseases;
the different steps in risk assessment at the workplace;
the association between workplace exposure and health effects;
and the main steps in preventing exposure to health hazards in the work environment.
Understand the role of different actors in occupational health
Through this course, you will be able to understand the interaction between the actors within occupational health, including employers, employees, health and safety personnel, occupational health services, occupational health clinics and the Labor Inspection.
You will also reflect on occupational health from a global perspective and know how to work on the issue in a low-income setting.
The course has been developed in association with:
Simon Mamuya, Gloria Sakwari, Vera Ngowi and Alexander Tungu of Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Wakgari Deressa of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Akwilina Kayumba of the Occupational Safety and Health Authority, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
This course is open to anyone, although previous degree-level study in medicine, dentistry, health sciences or natural sciences, and a good knowledge of English, will be helpful.
Ole Jacob Møllerløkken, Magne Bråtveit, Gro Tjalvin and Bente Elisabeth Moen
is taking this course right now, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course is appropriate for beginner level in occupational health and safety concepts. it captures the situation "as it is" in developing nations. The examples are relevant and depict the situation accurately. However, there are less lectures and more articles hence the course is not interactive. Numerous quizzes are offered to evaluate retention