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Occupation Injury Prevention and Safety Policy and Practice

4th term
Health Policy and Management
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Bruce E. Lippy
Bruce Lippy

Introduction to Online Learning and at least one occupational health or injury prevention course.


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 Objectives:

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

  1. Develop strategies for preventing occupational injuries based on the scientific literature
  2. Describe a public health approach to occupational injury prevention
  3. Describe the roles of industry, government, public health professionals, labor unions, consensus organizations and the media in preventing occupational injuries
  4. Apply the hierarchy of controls to develop intervention strategies for occupational injury prevention
  5. Explain and apply several hazard assessment tools used by safety professionals to prevent injuries
  6. Review the literature on a specific hazard for a target population and propose research to measure the impact of a public health intervention
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation is based on presentations and critiques of papers in the peer-reviewed public health literature concerning the above topics.

Enrollment Restriction:

undergraduate students are not permitted in this course

Instructor Consent:

No consent required