Occupational Health

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Health Sciences
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

By 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.

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
  • 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
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Teaching Methods Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment One - Review of a specific article from the occupational health literature (relates to objective 1 & 3)
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment Two - Consideration of a specific workplace hazard. (relates to all objectives)
  • Examination: Formal - Examination (relates to objectives 1 & 2)
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 120 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for OHSE6010

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