The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the relationship between health and the work environment. It illustrates aspects of the structure and function of the human body and investigates the recognition of how hazards in the workplace can affect the body (diseases and injuries) . It also includes an introduction to health services required to address these problems.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will 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. Explain current topical occupational health issues and the their relationship to work exposures and preventions

3. Discuss the provision, organisation and limitations of occupational health services; and

4. Locate and assess the literature on occupational diseases and related conditions.


The 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

• eyes and ear injuries

• cardiovascular system

• musculoskeletal system

• work and the reproductive system

• hot working conditions

• cancer and work

• infectious hazards in the workplace

• shiftwork and fatigue

• Mental health  in the workplace

• occupational health services

• examining healthy people

• pre-employment examinations

• women in the workplace.  

Assessment items

In Term Test: On-line Test

Report: Essay/Written Assignment (Report)

Formal Examination: Exam

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 7 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students are required to spend on average 120-140 hours of effort or total load (contact and non-contact including assessment) per 10 unit course over the semester.