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Health of Vulnerable Worker Populations

1st term
Environmental Health and Engineering
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Jacqueline Agnew

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Discusses occupational safety and health program considerations for vulnerable populations, including all levels of prevention and using examples such as the health needs of women workers, shift workers, aging workers, workers' families, and workers with chronic diseases or impairments. Focuses on strategies for identifying and removing barriers that affect health and work performance, program development and management responsibilities, and cost issues related to selected preventive and rehabilitative programs. Presents relevant research findings on the ability of vulnerable populations to benefit from safe and healthy working lives.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify, for selected vulnerable subgroups, the bias and social inequities, such as racism, that influence their health and need for specific occupational health services
  2. Describe the application of research findings to the practice of health professionals, including safety specialists, nurses, physicians, health educators, and others
  3. Examine the contribution of workplace exposures and experiences to the well-being of workers’ families
  4. Analyze the occupational health needs of a specific vulnerable worker population, such as minority workers, disabled workers, and workers who are immigrants
  5. Prepare and present written and oral testimony to advocate for changes at the organizational, community, and government levels to meet the needs of a vulnerable worker group
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 50% Final Project
  • 30% Assignments

Instructor Consent:

No consent required