Occupational Health

Course code OHSE6010Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

Illustrates some aspects of the structure and function of the human body and goes on to look at the way hazards in the workplace can affect the body (diseases and injuries). It includes an introduction to the health services required to address these problems and the particular problem faced by certain groups of workers.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy the end of this course, students should be able to:
1. discuss in general terms the main occupational health problems associated with the major body systems, their nature, relationship to work exposures and prevention;
2. discuss the provision, organisation and limitations of occupational health services; and
3. locate and assess the literature on occupational diseases and related conditions.
ContentThe topics covered in this course are:
- the relationship between health and work
- general overview of the functioning of the body
- occupational skin disease
- the liver and work
- occupational lung disease
- the blood
- work and the nervous system
- occupational hearing loss
- eyes and eye injuries
- cardiovascular system
- musculoskeletal system
- work and the reproductive system
- hot working conditions
- cancer and work
- infectious hazards in the workplace
- shiftwork
- aspects of psychiatry in the workplace
- absence from work
- occupational health services
- examining healthy people
- pre-employment examinations
- workers compensation
- occupational rehabilitation
- women in the workplace.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment One - Review of a specific article from the occupational health literature (relates to objective 1 & 3)
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment Two - Consideration of a specific workplace hazard. (relates to all objectives)
Examination: FormalExamination (relates to objectives 1 & 2)
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 120 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for OHSE6010