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Occupational injury Prevention and Safety Policy and Practice

4th Term
Environmental Health and Engineering
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025

Introduction to Online Learning and at least one occupational health or injury prevention course.

At the core of occupational health and safety is the management of risks. Keeping workers safe requires a public health approach to risk mitigation. If you’re interested in policy and research and want to know more about the risk management tools used to protect workers, this course offers an overview of these areas. You will develop an injury prevention proposal following the format of the Small Studies proposal managed by The Center for Construction Research and Training. Your proposal may be submitted to the Center for review, it may be the launching pad for future research, or you may want to submit your work for publication. The course also includes a distinguished guest lecture series.
Provides a link between the public health approach to injury prevention, the traditions of safety science and engineering, and their relationship with ergonomics and biomechanics. Covers topics including identifying the injury problem; using surveillance and record-keeping systems; preventing injuries by government, unions, health departments, and industry; and comparing safety sciences and a public health approach to injury prevention.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Develop strategies for preventing occupational injuries based on the scientific literature
  2. Describe a public health approach to occupational injury prevention
  3. Describe the roles of industry, government, public health professionals, labor unions, consensus organizations and the media in preventing occupational injuries
  4. Apply the hierarchy of controls to develop intervention strategies for occupational injury prevention
  5. Explain and apply several hazard assessment tools used by safety professionals to prevent injuries
  6. Review the literature on a specific hazard for a target population and propose research to measure the impact of a public health intervention
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 30% Participation
  • 60% Final Project
  • 10% Quizzes
Enrollment Restriction
undergraduate students are not permitted in this course