Occupational Health in Developing Countries

FutureLearn Occupational Health in Developing Countries

University of Bergen
4 hours/week
6 weeks
Paid Certificate Available
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This free online course provides an introduction to occupational health – a part of public health that is neglected in many developing countries, where industrial activity is increasing, but the health and safety of workers is hardly discussed.

The course will teach you basic knowledge of occupational health and how to prevent the development of diseases and injuries, which are caused by working conditions in developing countries.

After the course, you will understand:
  • the basic concepts of occupational health;
  • the tasks and structure of occupational health services;
  • the most important risk factors for illness and injuries at workplaces globally;
  • the major occupational diseases;
  • the different steps in risk assessment at the workplace;
  • the association between workplace exposure and health effects;
  • and the main steps in preventing exposure to health hazards in the work environment.
Understand the role of different actors in occupational health
Through this course, you will be able to understand the interaction between the actors within occupational health, including employers, employees, health and safety personnel, occupational health services, occupational health clinics and the Labor Inspection.

You will also reflect on occupational health from a global perspective and know how to work on the issue in a low-income setting.

The course has been developed in association with:
  • Simon Mamuya, Gloria Sakwari, Vera Ngowi and Alexander Tungu of Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Wakgari Deressa of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  • Akwilina Kayumba of the Occupational Safety and Health Authority, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
This course is open to anyone, although previous degree-level study in medicine, dentistry, health sciences or natural sciences, and a good knowledge of English, will be helpful.

What topics will you cover?
This course provided the following key themes:
  • Occupational health – basic definitions and concepts
  • Chemical, biological and physical factors at work and development of diseases and injuries
  • Psychosocial factors and health at work
  • Structures and functions of Occupational Health Services and how to care for the worker’s Health
  • Methods for measurements of work environment factors and health in occupational health settings
  • Prevention of occupational diseases and injuries

Taught by
Ole Jacob Møllerløkken, Magne Bråtveit, Gro Tjalvin and Bente Elisabeth Moen
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