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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: James Weeks
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:
  • Jim Weeks

Provides a link between the public health approach to injury prevention, the traditions of safety science and engineering, and their relationship with ergonomics and biomechanics. Topics covered include identifying the injury problem; using surveillance and record-keeping systems; preventing injuries by government, unions, health departments, and industry; and comparing safety sciences and a public health approach to injury prevention.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
develop strategies for preventing occupational injuries based on the scientific literature
describe a public health approach to occupational injury prevention
evaluate the roles of industry, government, public health professionals, labor unions, and the media in preventing occupational injuries
identify fundamental elements for evaluating interventions to prevent occupational injuries
provide a critique of the occupational injury prevention literature

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation is based on presentations and critiques of papers in the peer-reviewed public health literature concerning the above topics.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday 3:30 - 5:20
Enrollment Minimum: 8
Enrollment Restriction: undergraduate students are not permitted in this course
Instructor Consent: No consent required

At least one occupational health or injury prevention course.

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: Every Other Year
Next Offered: 2014-2015