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188.680.01 FUNDAMENTALS OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

Term: 1st term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:
Description:

Surveys the history of occupational health, the continuum from exposure to disease, the hierarchy of controls in the workplace, workplace medical screening and surveillance, occupational health hazards, legal and regulatory issues, the provision of occupational health services, the core disciplines in occupational health and safety, and current issues in occupational health.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe some of the historical aspects of occupational health and safety (OHS) and define how these events helped to shape OHS today
Describe some of the historical aspects of occupational health and safety (OHS) and define how these events helped to shape OHS today
Discuss the societal costs of occupational illnesses and injuries and the importance of prevention in the field of OHS
Discuss the societal costs of occupational illnesses and injuries and the importance of prevention in the field of OHS
Illustrate how the concepts of exposure assessment, the hierarchy of controls, biological monitoring, medical screening and surveillance are used to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses
Illustrate how the concepts of exposure assessment, the hierarchy of controls, biological monitoring, medical screening and surveillance are used to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses
Explain the contributions of the core OHS disciplines to the multi-disciplinary OHS team
Explain the contributions of the core OHS disciplines to the multi-disciplinary OHS team
Discuss and compare the key laws that govern the workplace and the executive agencies that are responsible for the regulation and enforcement of these laws
Discuss and compare the key laws that govern the workplace and the executive agencies that are responsible for the regulation and enforcement of these laws
Assess the complex environment in which the occupational health professional works
Assess the complex environment in which the occupational health professional works
Judge the rationale for health promotion/improvement activities in the workplace
Judge the rationale for health promotion/improvement activities in the workplace
Explain concepts related to OHS, such as, workers’ compensation, disability, employee assistance programs, worker groups, unions, and emerging issues in the workplace
Explain concepts related to OHS, such as, workers’ compensation, disability, employee assistance programs, worker groups, unions, and emerging issues in the workplace
Compare and contrast OHS as practiced in the U.S. to OHS practiced in international workplaces
Compare and contrast OHS as practiced in the U.S. to OHS practiced in international workplaces

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based a mid-term examination, a final report, a group presentation and class participation.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 3:30 - 4:50
  • Thursday 3:30 - 4:50
Enrollment Minimum: 6
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: Every Other Year
Next Offered: 2014-2015