MPH Occupational Health / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Foundation for Postgraduate Practice (September)

Unit code POPH68881
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Division of Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit introduces the discipline of occupational health to medical practitioners from any clinical speciality and to professionals who want to gain foundation knowledge of occupational medicine. The unit is delivered using blended learning, with extensive online materials including case studies, directed reading and face-to-face teaching to familiarise students with a range of concepts and principles that underpin Occupational Health. The unit provides an introduction to occupational health policy and practice and a comprehensive exploration of hazardous substances and risks to health, including introduction to toxicology, thermal and lit environments, noise and vibration.

Aims

To introduce the common knowledge framework required in occupational medicine, health and hygiene disciplines. The unit aims to provide an understanding and awareness of the foundation principles of occupational health and provide the medical practitioner, occupational health and occupational hygiene professional with knowledge of occupational hazards and risk assessment for worker health protection.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes intend to provide the student with the knowledge to describe and define the role and responsibilities of the occupational health and hygiene professional in relation to specific hazards and risks in the workplace.

Syllabus

  • Occupational Health in Perspective
  • Introduction to Occupational Health Law
  • Introduction to Communication
  • Ethical Considerations in Practice
  • Introduction to Toxicology
  • Introduction to Occupational Hygiene
  • Introduction to Lighting
  • Introduction to Temperature and Work
  • Introduction to Noise and Vibration
  • Introduction to Hazardous Substances
  • Workplace and Clinical Assessment Skills

Teaching and learning methods

Learning and teaching will take the form of online lectures, webinars, group discussion, tutorial, face to face workshops and practical experience days, independent research and study, online quizzes and simulations, literature searching, problem solving and report writing.

Blackboard will be used for course materials including group discussions, announcements and updating of content, relevant lecture slides and additional reading, written example sheets and for online formative assessments..

Knowledge and understanding

On completion, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a conceptual understanding of how to evaluate the effects of agents on health and advise on their prevention and management;
  • have an awareness of current legislation and the regulatory bodies relating to occupational health practice; and
  • reflect on the impact of a wide range of social, economic, environmental and political influences on the working environment.

Intellectual skills

On completion, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to solve problems and make decisions about occupational health risks;
  • understand the nature of evidence required to establish a causal link between occupation and disease or injury; and
  • recognise the importance of the interaction between health and work (i.e. effects of work on health and health on work) and understand how to manage such problems.

Practical skills

On completion, students should be able to:

  • plan and carry out an assessment of a working environment taking into account hazards, and evaluating risk;
  • design, carry out, write up, and present studies that allow investigation of work-related incidents, accidents, or disease; and
  • be aware of sources of further information and advice (e.g. scientific literature and dedicated websites etc.).

Transferable skills and personal qualities

On completion, students should be able to:

  • integrate knowledge of health, legislation and business in the management of work-related issues affecting both individuals and groups.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Students will be able to plan and carry out an assessment of a working environment taking into account hazards, and evaluating risk.
Problem solving
Students will be have the ability to solve problems and make decisions about occupational health issues.
Other
Students will be able to integrate knowledge of health, legislation and business in the management of work-related issues affecting both individuals and groups.

Accreditation

Approved by the Faculties of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of London (FOM) and Ireland (FOM-I).

Assessment methods

Description

Weighting

Length

80 MCQ examination

60%

1 hour

Written Assessment

40%

1,000 words

 

Feedback methods

Formative assessments with automatic feedback are available throughout the unit as an aid to understanding the course materials. Feedback for the summative assessments is provided by tutors via Blackboard. Students may also receive feedback from interaction with session leaders throughout the course of study. 

Recommended reading

  • Agius R, Seaton A. Practical occupational medicine 2nd ed. London: Hodder Arnold 2005. ISBN 034075947X.   
  • Tar-Ching A, Gardiner K, Harrington, JM. Occupational health (Pocket Consultants) 5th ed. Wiley-Blackwell 2006.  ISBN- 10 1405122218; ISBN-13 978-1405122214.
  • Baxter P, Aw T, Cockroft A, Durrington P, Harrington J. Hunter’s diseases of occupations 10th ed. London: Hodder- Edward Arnold 2010. ISBN 9780340941669.
  • British Medical Association. The occupational physician. BMA 2017.
  • Faculty of Occupational Medicine. Ethics guidance for Occupational Health Practice. London: Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians 2018.
  • Kloss DM. Occupational health law 6th ed. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2020. ISBN 978-1-118-93623-8.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Melanie Carder Unit coordinator
Anne Clayson Unit coordinator

Additional notes

If you have any questions regarding the content of this unit, please contact the Course Unit Leaders, Melanie Carder or Anne Clayson, via melanie.carder@manchester.ac.uk or anne.clayson@manchester.ac.uk.

If you have any other queries, please contact the Programme Admin team via pgt-coeh@manchester.ac.uk.

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