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188.680.81 Fundamentals of Occupational Health

Environmental Health and Engineering
1st term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Maureen Cadorette
Course Instructor:

Introduction to Online Learning.


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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe some of the historical aspects of occupational health and safety (OHS) and define how these events helped to shape OHS today
  2. Discuss the societal costs of occupational illnesses and injuries and the importance of prevention in the field of OHS
  3. Identify the association between social, behavioral, and organizational factors and health outcomes in the workplace.
  4. 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
  5. Explain the contributions of the core OHS disciplines to the multi-disciplinary OHS team
  6. 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
  7. Assess the complex environment in which the occupational health professional works
  8. Judge the rationale for health promotion/improvement activities in the workplace
  9. Explain concepts related to OHS, such as, workers’ compensation, disability, employee assistance programs, worker groups, unions, and emerging issues in the workplace
  10. Compare and contrast OHS as practiced in the U.S. to OHS practiced in international workplaces
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on a mid-term examination, a final report, attendance at Live Talks, a brief presentation during Live Talk 4 and participation in Discussion Forum exercises.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required