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The MSc in Occupational Health is a part-time distance e-learning programme that offers knowledge and expertise in the science underpinning occupational health and safety. Read more
The MSc in Occupational Health is a part-time distance e-learning programme that offers knowledge and expertise in the science underpinning occupational health and safety.

It offers a convenient means for nurses, doctors, health and safety advisors or managers with busy work schedules and other responsibilities, to gain a postgraduate degree in Occupational Health.

The emphasis is on common occupational health and safety issues encountered in the workplace.

The course encourages self-directed learning, critical thinking and comparative analysis of occupational health systems and practice. This is done within a structured and dynamic on-line learning environment that provides interactive multidisciplinary learning and the opportunity for mutual support and collaboration. 

Structure

All students register initially for the MSc.

The MSc consists of three stages:

• Stage T1 (first taught stage)
This stage lasts for one academic year, and consists of three 20-credit modules, totalling 60 credits, at Level 7.

• Stage T2 (second taught stage)
This stage lasts for one further academic year, to a total of 2 academic years for stages T1 and T2, and consists of a further three 20-credit modules at least to the value of 60 credits at Level 7, to achieve a total of at least 120 credits at Level 7.

• Stage R: MSc research dissertation stage
This stage lasts for one further academic year, to a total of three academic years for the full MSc programme (stages T1, T2 and R), and includes a dissertation of 60 credits at Level 7, to achieve a total of at least 180 credits at Level 7 to complete the MSc programme.

The total normal duration to complete the full MSc programme (stages T1, T2 and R) is three academic years on a part-time basis, from the date of initial registration on the MSc programme.

You may exit after stage T1 with a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), if you have gained at least 60 credits, only where this includes the award of credit for three particular modules.

You may exit after stage T2 with a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), or progress to the MSc dissertation, if you have gained at least 120 credits, only where this includes the award of credit for four particular modules.

Your dissertation, which will normally be no longer than 20,000 words and supported by such other material as may be considered appropriate to the subject, will embody the results of your period of project work. The subject of each student’s dissertation will be approved by the Chair of the Board of Studies concerned or his/her nominee.

Core modules:

Occupational Risk Assessment & Control
Occupational Health Law & Ethics
Occupational Health Statistics, Epidemiology & Evidence Based Practice
Occupational Health Processes & Management
Dissertation: Occupational Health (Policy and Practice)

Assessment

During the taught stages, formative assessment will include online discussions examining specific occupational health issues. Summative assessment will consist of written assignments examining aspects of occupational health theory and practice, enabling the student to critically appraise the context and scientific literature, demonstrate a detailed understanding of the topic and reflect on how their new knowledge will affect their practice.

The MSc dissertation stage will be wholly assessed based on the final dissertation. Expectations for the format, submission and marking of the dissertation will follow the current Senate Assessment Regulations, supplemented where appropriate with additional requirements of the Programme/School/College and any specific requirements arising from the nature of the project undertaken.

During the Master’s stage you will be expected to keep in regular contact with your supervisor. You will also complete a progress report every two months in conjunction with your supervisor.

Career Prospects

At present there is a shortage of occupational health clinicians/practitioners of all levels in the UK. Although this course will not give you formal professional accreditation, it provides the opportunity to gain a sound basis of knowledge for practice, and demonstrates a commitment to your own further professional development in occupational health.

For qualified doctors wanting to enter specialist training in occupational medicine, the Postgraduate Diploma stage of the course will provide knowledge of the bulk of the topics needed for part 1 of the Membership Exam of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (MFOM). Further information on specialist training can be found on the Faculty of Occupational Medicine Web-site.

N.B. the course does not contribute to specialist accreditation for nurses.

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This is a CPD programme for registered nurses. This award winning programme gained the Innovations in Occupational Health Award in 2011. Read more
This is a CPD programme for registered nurses.

This award winning programme gained the Innovations in Occupational Health Award in 2011. It is led by Anne Harriss who was named Occupational Health Nurse of the Year in 2011. Anne and a programme graduate then gained the 2013 Innovations in Occupational Health. In the same year Anne achieved Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. In 2016 Anne was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing, the highest award the College can bestow.

Occupational health (OH) nursing is a distinct specialty within the family of public health nursing. OH nurses practice in a wide diversity of settings within both the public and private sectors. In addition to gaining employment within the NHS, graduates of programmes offered by LSBU have gained employment with international airlines, the financial services sector, legal practices and manufacturing industries. Others have set up their own successful consultancies.

The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and you spend 50% of the course in an OH practice setting. Shared learning with other practitioners who work in the OH setting is encouraged.

Should I take the BSc (Hons) or the PgDip qualification?
Depending on the level of your existing qualifications you will either undertake the BSc (Hons) course, or the PgDip qualification. If you qualified as a nurse with a Bachelors Degree you should take this course - the PgDip. If you qualified as a nurse with an Undergraduate Diploma you should take the BSc (Hons) Occupational Health Nursing (Specialist Community Public Health Nursing) programme. The content of the courses is the same.

Modules

The degree course consists of six modules each worth 20 credit points. Of these; one is a research module and is taught across a range of primary care programmes. The remaining five are OH pathway specific. Some modules are available on a standalone basis. This is subject to availability - priority for places on these units is given to those enrolling on the entire degree course.

Full-time

The full-time course will be completed within one year of study.

Semester 1:

Role of the occupational health practitioner
Assessing risk 1
Assessing risk 2

Semester 2:

Evaluating research for health care
Environmental impact
Applied pathology and rehabilitation

Part-time

The part-time course will be completed within two years of study.

Year 1:

Role of the occupational health practitioner
Assessing risk 1
Evaluating research for health care

Year 2:

Assessing risk 2
Environmental impact
Applied pathology and rehabilitation

Timetable

Full-time students attend for two days each week studying the Role of the occupational health practitioner and Assessing risk 1 modules on one day and Assessing risk 2 on the second day of attendance.

Part-time students attend for one day each week and join the full-time cohort studying the Role of the occupational health practitioner and Assessing risk 1. This programme recruits from a wide geographical area. Past students have travelled from as far afield as Manchester, Cornwall, Norfolk and Suffolk. In order to facilitate the travel needs of such students, the first lecture of the day is scheduled to commence at 10.00am and all lectures are completed by 5.00pm.

Teaching and learning

Each module equates to 200 hours of student effort, 36 hours of which take place in the classroom. This is supplemented with blended learning initiatives including electronic learning activities and workplace visits.

Teaching consists of formal lectures, seminars, group work and field work activities including a risk assessment activity which takes place in the Palm House of Kew Gardens.

A variety of assessment strategies are used including essays, case studies, reports, a professional practice portfolio and one examination.

Placements

It is a Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) requirement that you must gain experience in the OH practice setting throughout your studies. This can be achieved through employment in an OH service or as a result of a practice placement undertaken on an unpaid basis. In order that you gain a placement appropriate to your learning needs and personal circumstances. This experience is negotiated and secured by the student.

Professional links

The team are proud of their links with the occupational health services of a range of organisations including the military, Surrey Police, Virgin Atlantic Airways, NHS Trusts, and Perkins Engines.

Jo-Anne Kitney an OH graduate and MD of Kitney Occupational Health and Safety in Brisbane, Queensland is an honorary senior lecturer. Jo-Anne offers Skype lectures, webinars, and career coaching opportunities to our students. Prof Diana Kloss barrister, employment tribunal judge and Chair of the Council for Work and Health is also a frequent contributor to our programme. It is envisaged that Chris Packham, MD of Enviroderm, will teach about Skin Protection on the programme this academic year.

Employability

Occupational Health (OH) nursing is a distinct specialty within the family of public health nursing. OH nurses practice in a wide diversity of settings within both the public and private sectors. In addition to gaining employment within the NHS, graduates of programmes offered by LSBU have gained employment with international airlines, the financial services sector, legal practices and manufacturing industries. Others have set up their own successful consultancies.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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Since the advent of the Health and Safety at Work Act the philosophy of managing work based hazards has changed from a reactive rule based protocol to one based on the assessment and management of risks. Read more
Since the advent of the Health and Safety at Work Act the philosophy of managing work based hazards has changed from a reactive rule based protocol to one based on the assessment and management of risks. More recently there has been the recognition of the need to go beyond simply avoiding unwanted outcomes and developing a wider dimension of organisational resilience.

The systematic assessment and management of workplace hazards demand the development of existing knowledge and skills. Good employers now recognise that managing health and safety has not only legal and moral imperatives, but also makes good business sense.

Loughborough University has been providing training in occupational health and safety management for more than 35 years. On successful completion, participants will be able to make better informed decisions concerning the management of occupational health and safety.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/executive-education/programmes/accredited/ohsm/

About the Programme

The programme is aimed at professional health and safety advisors and managerial, engineering and scientific staff with responsibilities for occupational health and safety. It gives them the academic knowledge and skills to evaluate operational requirements against health and safety policies which have to respond to a changing regulatory, social and economic climate.

The courses are designed and delivered for participants working within the discipline who can attend the University for a series of short courses ranging from one to four days. Such attendance promotes a much more fulfilling learning experience through direct interaction with acknowledged experts and other students and avoids the isolation of courses delivered entirely by distance learning.

The objectives of the programme are to provide:
- A comprehensive understanding of current occupational health and safety management issues;
- The academic basis for Chartered Status of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) (for holders of the Diploma/MSc); and
- Flexible training for working professionals who do not have the opportunity for full-time study.

Professional Development

‌Holders of the Diploma (and MSc) satisfy the requirements for graduate membership of IOSH and membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), providing professional recognition for your studies.

Adding value to your employer

The course is designed to be challenging, career enhancing and geared towards real life management, developing skills you can apply to the benefit of your organisation, and assessing these through work-based assignments which provide a direct return on investment. You will also benefit from excellent opportunities to network with professionals from a range of sectors, with the following organisations represented on the programme in recent years:
- Aluminium Bahrain
- Arriva Plc
- Balfour Beatty
- Birmingham City Council
- BP
- Estee Lauder Companies
- Exxon Mobil
- Heart of England NHS Foundation
- Trust
- INEOS
- Mars Petcare UK
- National Grid
- Network Rail
- Novartis
- Pfizer Ltd
- Qatar Petroleum
- Rolls-Royce
- ROSPA
- Royal Mail
- Severn Trent
- Shell
- Siemens
- TATA Steel
- TOTAL
- Travis Perkins
- UK Coal
- Virgin Atlantic

Structure and Delivery

The Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma programmes are part-time and modular in structure, and involve a combination of taught modules (in four day blocks), distance learning modules and self-study.

The programme is assessed by assignments and projects. There are no written examinations.

The Postgraduate Certificate will normally be completed within seven months of part-time study and the Postgraduate Diploma within 14 months.

The MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management involves, in addition, a part-time research project conducted over 12 months and is available to those who have achieved the Diploma requirements. Candidates for the MSc must attend two short courses (totalling four days) in research methods.

The MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management is also available to those who have a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from other higher education institutions recognised by IOSH, those with a NEBOSH National or International Diploma (Level 6) and those with a British Safety Council Diploma (Level 6). This qualification usually takes 18 months to complete.

Content

- Module 1: Occupational Health and Safety and the Law (4 days at Loughborough)
- Module 2: Risk Management (4 days at Loughborough)
- Module 3: Management of Physical Hazards (distance learning)
- Module 4: Occupational Health Management (distance learning)
- Module 5: Safety and the Management of People (4 days at Loughborough)
- Module 6: Evidence Based Practical Project (distance learning)
- Module 7: Masters Research Project (4 days at Loughborough + distance learning)

For the Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Management, candidates must attend and successfully complete the assessment elements of modules 1, 2 and any two chosen from modules 3, 4 and 5.

For the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management, candidates must attend and successfully complete the assessment elements of modules 1-6.

For the MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management, candidates must attend and successfully complete the assessment elements of modules 1-7.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sbe/executive-education/apply/

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Occupational health services, provided at the workplace, address the health care needs of working populations and this has been identified as an important component of the current public health strategy. Read more

Occupational health services, provided at the workplace, address the health care needs of working populations and this has been identified as an important component of the current public health strategy. These services have shown to make a significant contribution to other government initiatives, such as:

  • reducing health inequalities
  • reducing social exclusion
  • sickness absence
  • protecting and promoting the health of the working age population

Our Graduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health) course will enhance the education and training of First Level Nurses wishing to gain a Specialist Practitioner qualification and enable you to contribute to these initiatives.

You will obtain both an academic qualification and a professional qualification in Occupational Health and be entered on to the 3rd part of the NMC register.

More Information

Placement Opportunities

Practice based learning experiences comprise 50% of the total course hours and equates to 22.5 weeks. Each practice placement is aligned to a module of theoretical learning, assisting you to integrate theory with practice and supporting the development of your knowledge base and competence. All your practice placement experience is guided by a Practice Teacher.

Course Details

Our Graduate Diploma, Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health) course has been developed in line with the recent rapid development in workplace health. This is largely due to the new demands and expectations from employers, employees and their representative bodies as they recognize the economic, social and health benefits achieved by providing these services in the workplace. The rapid development of occupational health services has also, in part, been driven by the expanding program of legislation in the areas of:

  • health
  • safety
  • environmental protection
  • the need by employers to respond to this legislation

The common core modules that you will study are:

  • Research for Health and Social Care
  • Leadership for Effectiveness
  • Responding to Public Health Challenges

Discipline-specific modules are:

  • Contemporary Occupational Health
  • Managing Risk in Occupational Health
  • Consolidation of Practice

The final module at the end of our course entails a 10.5 week full-time period in the defined area of occupational health practice.

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching strategies used will include:

  • interactive lectures
  • electronic teaching materials
  • interactive synchronised discussion forums
  • ongoing practice e-portfolio
  • group work
  • enquiry case studies
  • concept mapping
  • problem solving
  • interactive quizzes

There will be a variety of approaches taken to assessment within our course. The nature of assessments differ depending on which module is being assessed and the learning and teaching strategies used. The range of assessments include:

  • preparing literature reviews
  • poster presentation
  • presenting a research proposal
  • written reports
  • invigilated exam
  • presenting of case-studies
  • analysis of practice based problems

Career prospects

Jobs

You will emerge as a key figure involved in delivering high quality occupational health services to the working population.

After exiting from our course you will work independently or as part of a larger multi-professional team and be at the frontline in helping to protect and promote the health of the working aged population.

Further Study

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma you will be encouraged as part of your continuous professional development, to consolidate your postgraduate learning by proceeding to completion of a Master Degree dissertation.

If you are a successful Master Degree graduate then you may have the potential to enrol for Doctoral studies depending on individual institutional entry criteria for Doctoral studies.



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This programme is for registered nurses or midwives who want to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register as a specialist community public health nurse (occupational health). Read more

This programme is for registered nurses or midwives who want to gain registration on Part 3 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register as a specialist community public health nurse (occupational health). It offers you the opportunity to gain registration as an occupational health nurse and for academic development at master’s level.

Course details

You develop public health practice knowledge and skills in addressing health inequalities and the health needs of the working population, through development of expertise in hazard and risk assessment, health surveillance and protection, sickness absence management and public health leadership skills, to enable you to contribute to improving the health of the working population.

What you study

You study evidence based practice and the factors which impact on the health and well-being of the working population; the recognition of hazards and risks within the working environment, the application of health and safety legislation, health surveillance and sickness absence management skills within the workplace; public health, personal leadership philosophies and behaviours and their application within organisational settings; public health nursing practice, legal and ethical dimensions also designing and managing a service evaluation.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Advancing Health and Safety in the Working Environment
  • Advancing Leadership and Management in the Context of Specialist Practice
  • Advancing Occupational Health Practice
  • Advancing Public Health
  • Contemporary Issues in Public Health
  • Designing Research Projects
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Practice

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Where you study

The programme comprises 50% theory and 50% practice within an integrated approach. Practice based learning – you are allocated a practice teacher by your sponsoring organisation who facilitates your learning in practice and is responsible for the assessment of your competence in practice.

How you learn

Teaching methods include lecturers, seminars, experiential learning, scenarios, problem based learning, case study work, simulations, action learning sets, and peer led seminars and discussions.

Learning in practice is supported with the development of a practice progress file, which includes self-assessment activities, learning contracts, learning logs, reflective dialogue and discussion with practice teachers, mentors and academic staff.

How you are assessed

Assessments include examinations, a defended poster, essays, case study analysis, research proposal and simulations. Practice is assessed via the practice progress file through the mechanism of the tripartite meetings which include you, your practice teacher and your academic mentor.

Employability

Work placement

Following successful completion of the required theoretical learning outcomes (120 credits at master’s level) and the specialist community public health nursing practice competencies (NMC 2004) you are eligible to register as a specialist community public health nurse (occupational health) and are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing).

Following completion of the PgDip in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing) an opportunity will be available to continue your studies and complete a 60 credit master’s level dissertation module leading to an MSC Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Occupational Health Nursing). This is undertaken as one year part-time or six months full-time study after SCPHN (OH) registration with the NMC. It must be completed within five years of commencing the PgDip.

Career opportunities

The course prepares you to work as an occupational health nurse and to take practice forward to meet the challenges of improving health within a wide range of workplace settings.



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This award-winning programme gained the Innovations in Occupational Health Award in 2011. It is led by Anne Harriss who was named Occupational Health Nurse of the Year in 2011. Read more
This award-winning programme gained the Innovations in Occupational Health Award in 2011. It is led by Anne Harriss who was named Occupational Health Nurse of the Year in 2011. Anne and a programme graduate then gained the 2013 Innovations in Occupational Health. In the same year Anne achieved Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

The Workplace Health Management programme is designed for those with an interest in promoting health and safety at work including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and managers. Applicants with a non-clinical background are eligible to enrol on the Graduate Certificate element of the programme which consists of three modules. There is a clinical element to the BSc; as one of the final modules has a clinical component.

Those who have completed either the Grad Cert will be able to seek employment in a wide diversity of settings within both the public and private sectors. In addition to gaining employment within the NHS, graduates of programmes offered by LSBU have gained employment with international airlines, the financial services sector, legal practices and manufacturing industries. Others have set up their own successful consultancies.

You will spend 50% of the course in an OH practice setting. Shared learning with other practitioners who work in the OH setting is encouraged.

The degree course consists of six modules each worth 20 credit points. Of these; one is a research module, and is taught across a range of primary care programmes. The remaining five are OH pathway specific. Some modules are available on a stand-alone basis. This is subject to availability - priority for places on these units is given to those enrolling on the entire degree course.

Modules

Full-time Graduate Certificate - Completed in one year of study.

Semester 1:

• Role of the occupational health practitioner
• Assessing risk 1
• Assessing risk 2

Part-time Graduate Certificate - Completed over two semesters but within two academic years.

• Role of the occupational health practitioner
• Assessing risk 1
• Assessing risk 2

Full-time PgDip - Completed in one year of study

Semester 1:

• Role of the occupational health practitioner
• Assessing risk 1
• Assessing risk 2

Semester 2:

• Evaluating research for health care
• Environmental impact
• Applied pathology and rehabilitation

Part-time PgDip - Normally completed within two years of study

Year 1:

• Role of the occupational health practitioner
• Assessing risk 1
• Evaluating research for health care

Year 2:

• Assessing risk 2
• Environmental impact
• Applied pathology and rehabilitation

Teaching and learning

Each module equates to 200 hours of student effort, 36 hours of which take place in the classroom. This is supplementedwith blended learning initiatives including electronic learning activities andworkplace visits.

Teaching includes formal lectures, seminars, group work and field work activities including a risk assessment activity which takes place in the Palm House of Kew Gardens.

A variety of assessment strategies are used including essays, case studies, reports, a professional practice portfolio and one examination.

There is no placement requirement for this course.

Timetable

Full-time students attend for two days each week studying the Role of the occupational health practitioner and Assessing risk 1 on one day and Assessing risk 2 on the second day of attendance.

Part-time students attend for one day each week and join the full time students studying the Role of the occupational health practitioner and Assessing risk 1.

This course and the occupational health nursing programme recruits from a wide geographical area. Past students have travelled from as far afield as Manchester, Cornwall, Norfolk and Suffolk. In order to facilitate the travel needs of such students, the first lecture of the day is scheduled to commence at 10.00am and all lectures are completed by 5.00pm

Professional links

The team are proud of their links with the occupational health services of a range of organisations including the military, Surrey Police, Virgin Atlantic Airways, NHS Trusts, and Perkins Engines.

Jo-Anne Kitney, an OH graduate and MD of Kitney Occupational Health and Safety in Brisbane, Queensland, is an honorary senior lecturer. Anne offers Skype lectures, webinars, and career coaching opportunities to our students. Prof Diana Kloss, barrister, employment tribunal judge and Chair of the Council for Work and Health, is also a frequent contributor to our programme. It is envisaged that Chris Packham, MD of Enviroderm, will teach about Skin Protection on the programme this academic year.

Employability

Graduates of the Workplace Health Management seek employment in a wide diversity of settings within both the public and private sectors. In addition to gaining employment within the NHS, graduates of similar programmes offered by LSBU have gained employment with international airlines, the financial services sector, legal practices and manufacturing industries. Others have set up their own successful consultancies.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills. The OH team work very closely with the employability services of the University in order to assist you in gaining employment within the specialty. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies if needed, including:

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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Unlock the skills needed to become a specialist community public health nurse on the third part of the nursing register. It will enable you to undertake leadership roles and develop the expertise to influence, drive and implement public health policies. . Read more

Unlock the skills needed to become a specialist community public health nurse on the third part of the nursing register. It will enable you to undertake leadership roles and develop the expertise to influence, drive and implement public health policies. 

The Postgraduate Diploma prepares you to function as a specialist practitioner. You would normally be required to undertake the first six core modules listed below in order to achieve this. Our MSc will help you continue with your academic studies as you undertake an extended project, relevant to clinical practice. You will normally be expected to complete the additional 60 credit Research in Practice module in order to achieve this, which will take a further one year.

By critically analysing leadership and management in clinical practice you will examine the complexity of delivering health and social care services especially in relation to professional occupational health nursing.

You will gain a specialism in occupational health nursing, developing the skills to deliver quality and innovative health care to a working population and enable individuals to return to the workplace. There will be the opportunity to explore concepts of health behaviour and health needs within the legal framework to protect the health of workers and the impact on the wider community. 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 20% of our research in the Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care unit is world leading or internationally excellent.

Course Benefits

You'll have a close partnership with practice teachers, and will develop in practice through leadership, multi-disciplinary working, implementing public health policies and influencing practice.

Once you've successfully completed the Leadership, Management and Enterprise module, you'll have the opportunity to apply to the Chartered Management Institute to receive their level 7 Certificate in Management and Leadership, adding another professional hallmark to your portfolio.

Modules

  • Managing Health in the Workplace
  • Leadership, Management & Enterprise
  • Professional Development in Practice
  • Therapeutic Relationships for Health Care Practitioners
  • Building Community Capacity in Public Health
  • Understanding Social Research & Evaluation
  • Research in Practice (Dissertation)

Job Prospects

Our graduates are working with many different populations in a variety of management roles in public health settings, the private sector, and within primary care as a team leader co-ordinating the public health role of communities. Some have undertaken research secondments and have worked as associate university lecturers.

  • Occupational Health Nurse


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Over the past 20 years this programme has been completed by over 300 doctors, nurses, scientists, economists and physiotherapists. Read more

Over the past 20 years this programme has been completed by over 300 doctors, nurses, scientists, economists and physiotherapists. The programme is based on a multidisciplinary approach to tackling a wide range of occupational health issues and is accredited by both the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) for graduate membership.

Course details

Organised by the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (IOEM) at the University of Birmingham this programme is designed to meet the needs of postgraduate training in the prevention and control of work-related ill health and to understand the issues of ill health and its effect on work in the 21st century.

Open to graduates with relevant first degrees and those with appropriate work experience including doctors, nurses, hygienists, and health and safety personnel. 

Learning and teaching

  • Teaching methods include formal lectures, tutorials, group work, case studies and workplace visits; the majority of lectures and practicals take place within the IOEM, which allows high-quality interaction between the academic staff and students
  • The programme of teaching is supported by a variety of workplace visits that enable students to see at first hand the extent of occupational health in practice
  • Each module includes tutorial time, providing an opportunity to re-address concepts and approaches to problem solving
  • Learning is supported by the use of the electronic curriculum (Canvas), allowing students to access learning materials when away from the campus
  • Every student on the programme has a personal tutor who can be contacted to discuss course material and understanding of specific topics as well as matters which may affect academic progress

Employability

Please see the profile below to give you idea of what of our students have to say about the programme.

Chris Baird-Clarke

Physiotherapists who have demonstrated specialist competency in the fields of occupational health or ergonomics may be interested in finding out more via the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (ACPOHE)

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. For more information visit the Careers Network website



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This MSc programme consists of four elements; lecture courses, continuous assessment, practical work, and a minor research thesis. Read more
This MSc programme consists of four elements; lecture courses, continuous assessment, practical work, and a minor research thesis.

Programme description
The programme is divided into seven subject areas that include: occupational health, occupational hygiene, ergonomics, safety and risk management, research methods, legal studies, and management studies. Students will gain experience in the use of state-of-the-art equipment and software packages. They will also observe occupational health & safety in the workplace at first-hand through extensive site visits. Students will be exposed to relevant domain experts through seminars and team-based projects.

Programme aims and objectives
The programme will give participants formal instruction in the broad multidisciplinary areas of occupational health & safety and enable them to take on managerial responsibilities for these matters within an industry or to work with a regulatory agency or consultancy firm. It will also provide a foundation for further research in the areas of occupational health, ergonomics, occupational hygiene, and safety engineering. The programme has been recognised by the Irish Health and Safety Authority and satisfies the academic requirements for membership of the U.K. Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

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These Masters-level programmes in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management have been created to address the important need for up-skilling employees in advanced, specialist topics in health, safety and environmental management. Read more

These Masters-level programmes in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management have been created to address the important need for up-skilling employees in advanced, specialist topics in health, safety and environmental management. They are the only courses of their kind created with and endorsed by NEBOSH at Masters-level, and offer those already working in industry and holding a NEBOSH diploma or BSc the chance to enhance their skills and techniques. Studying these courses will help students identify and resolve real issues relating to them in their day-to-day roles - enhanced by the final dissertation, which is written on a research project from their own work.

The programmes are completely employer focused, using current employment to evidence achievement, and are studied part-time using e-learning modules to enable study anywhere in the UK - or overseas. There are three specific pathways that can be chosen; Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety Management, or Environmental Management. Each pathway can be studied either as a taught-focused MSc or more research-focused MRes making it easier to tailor the course to individual needs and study-styles.

Study information

Both the MSc and MRes start with core modules relating to techniques for undertaking research:

  • Research Methods
  • Literature Reviews
  • Designing Research Projects

MSc students then study two core modules of their programme and one optional taught module.

  • Advanced Health, Safety and Environmental Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in Health, Safety and Environmental Management

The optional modules are themed around: Disaster and Emergency Management, REACH management, Safety Case Production and Assessment, and Mental Health at Work.

For MSc students the taught modules are taken in the first year and the first semester of the second year, using the University’s e-learning environment. You also supplement learning with your own background reading. Once these have been completed, the last six months of the course consist of the research dissertation.

For MRes students, after completing the modules covering research methodology, the programme is followed by a 12 month 120 credit research project on a workplace-based topic in health, safety and/or environmental management.

The online nature of the programme means access to a stable broadband internet connection is required for access to course materials, to communicate with University staff and undertake course assessments.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

The programmes are completely employer-focused, using current employment as a research base in which to evidence the skills and experience obtained. Completing one of these courses will enable you to advise on and develop systems to improve health, safety and environmental performance of organisations at a strategic level.

Due to our consistent recognition for providing NEBOSH courses to a high standard, the University and our graduates have an excellent reputation with professionals in the Humber and Yorkshire area.



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These Masters-level programmes in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management have been created to address the important need for up-skilling employees in advanced, specialist topics in health, safety and environmental management. Read more

These Masters-level programmes in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management have been created to address the important need for up-skilling employees in advanced, specialist topics in health, safety and environmental management. They are the only courses of their kind created with and endorsed by NEBOSH at Masters-level, and offer those already working in industry and holding a NEBOSH diploma or BSc the chance to enhance their skills and techniques. Studying these courses will help students identify and resolve real issues relating to them in their day-to-day roles - enhanced by the final dissertation, which is written on a research project from their own work.

The programmes are completely employer focused, using current employment to evidence achievement, and are studied part-time using e-learning modules to enable study anywhere in the UK - or overseas. There are three specific pathways that can be chosen; Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety Management, or Environmental Management. Each pathway can be studied either as a taught-focused MSc or more research-focused MRes making it easier to tailor the course to individual needs and study-styles.

Study information

Both the MSc and MRes start with core modules relating to techniques for undertaking research:

  • Research Methods
  • Literature Reviews
  • Designing Research Projects

MSc students then study two core modules of their programme and one optional taught module.

  • Advanced Health and Safety Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility in Health and Safety Management

The optional modules are themed around: Disaster and Emergency Management, REACH management, Safety Case Production and Assessment, and Flood Risk Management.

For MSc students the taught modules are taken in the first year and the first semester of the second year, using the University’s e-learning environment. You also supplement learning with your own background reading. Once these have been completed, the last six months of the course consist of the research dissertation.

For MRes students, after completing the modules covering research methodology, the programme is followed by a 12 month 120 credit research project on a workplace-based topic in health, safety and/or environmental management.

The online nature of the programme means access to a stable broadband internet connection is required for access to course materials, to communicate with University staff and undertake course assessments.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

The programmes are completely employer-focused, using current employment as a research base in which to evidence the skills and experience obtained. Completing one of these courses will enable you to advise on and develop systems to improve health, safety and environmental performance of organisations at a strategic level.

Due to our consistent recognition for providing NEBOSH courses to a high standard, the University and our graduates have an excellent reputation with professionals in the Humber and Yorkshire area.



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Our part-time blended learning MSc Occupational Medicine course provides an overview of the whole spectrum of medicine and hygiene within the workplace. Read more

Our part-time blended learning MSc Occupational Medicine course provides an overview of the whole spectrum of medicine and hygiene within the workplace.

The course is aimed at GPs who want to gain an academic qualification in occupational medicine and doctors already working in the field - especially in specialist training posts - who want to prepare for professional exams with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM).

This MSc is also suitable for doctors in other disciplines who have an interest in occupational medicine.

You will benefit from access to a range of specialist knowledge and resources within occupational health and examine the evidence on which occupational health practice is based.

The course takes place in a research-enriched environment and, for those progressing to the third year of the MSc, you will have the opportunity to undertake research-based activities relevant to occupational health, including formulating a research question, designing and executing an appropriate study and drawing valid conclusions through writing a dissertation. 

Our course follows the syllabus requirements of the FOM (London and Ireland).

Aims

This course aims to provide you with the information required by medical practitioners working in the field of occupational medicine, and to allow you to pursue an academic qualification in this subject.

We also aim to provide you with the benefit of blended learning methodology, which allows you to apply the knowledge gained during your day-to-day work.

Special features

Compliant course content

This course adheres to the syllabus requirements of the FOM, RCP (London) and RCP (Ireland).

Teaching and learning

The course comprises a blend of specially commissioned written materials in electronic format (PDF), together with interactive teaching material, all delivered via the University's virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

In Year 1, you are required to attend in Manchester for a one-day seminar associated with Module 1 in Month 3, and the same for Module 2 in month 5 for September starters, in Month 6 for April starters and for one exam day in Month 10.

You are allocated to tutorial groups for Modules 4 to 8, each supported by a specialist in occupational medicine. Tutorials are delivered via telephone or web conference.

In Year 2, you are required to attend in Manchester for a four-day practical course in Month 5 and for one exam day in Month 10.

In Year 3, you are required to attend a three-day MSc dissertation course held at the University in Month 1.

Some components of the course are held jointly with students on the MSc Occupational Hygiene course.

You can view  sample study materials  and  MSc abstracts and papers .

Coursework and assessment

All taught course units will be assessed via examinations held at the University at intervals throughout the course, and the third year will be assessed via submission of a dissertation.

Assessment is by eight examination papers, one per course module. The first will be sat at Seminar 1 (Year 1, Month 3) and the second at Seminar 2 (Year 1, Month 5 for September starters and Month 6 for April starters). The remaining Year 1 assessments will be sat in Month 10. For Year 2, assessments will be held in Month 5 and 10.

If you wish to proceed to the MSc, you are also required to complete a third year, during which you will attend a mandatory three-day residential course (in Month 1) and prepare a dissertation. For doctors in approved training posts, the dissertation may also be eligible for submission for the MFOM.

Course unit details

YEAR 1

Module 1: Foundation for Postgraduate Practice

  • 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

Module 2: Fitness for Work

  • Recognising Occupational Disease
  • Introduction to Occupational Dermatology
  • Introduction to Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Introduction to the Respiratory System
  • Introduction to Occupational Infections
  • Mental Ill Health and Stress at Work
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Health Assessment, Surveillance and Screening
  • Sickness Absence
  • Disability Assessment

Module 3: Health and Workability

  • Workplace and Clinical Assessment Skills: the Portfolio
  • Advanced Occupational Health Law
  • Health Promotion
  • Ageing and Employment
  • Ergonomics
  • Shift Work and Daily Rhythms
  • Rehabilitation and Return to Work
  • Choosing a Research Topic and Literature Review
  • Developing the Research Question
  • Common Mental Health Problems and the Workplace
  • Introduction to Audit

Module 4: Aspects of Good Professional Behaviour

  • Management
  • Professional Behaviour/Leadership and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Clinical Governance
  • Practical Applications in Quality and Audit
  • Standard Setting
  • Business Needs in the Provision of an Occupational Health Service

YEAR 2

Module 5: Understanding Physical Agents

  • Noise
  • Vibration
  • Radiation
  • Compressed Air Work and Commercial Diving
  • Temperature and Work
  • Light and Vision

Module 6: Management of Occupationally Related Disease

  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Occupational Dermatoses
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Occupational Cancers
  • Aviation Medicine
  • Occupational Infections
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms

Module 7: Research Methods and Data Analysis

  • Epidemiology and Statistics
  • Life Long Learning
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Social Research Methods
  • Information Technology

Module 8: Management of Workplace Hazards

  • Industry and Environment
  • Occupational Hygiene Practice
  • Food Safety and Hygiene
  • Prevention of Accidents
  • Principles of Toxicology
  • Occupational Health in a Global Market


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This programme recognises the increasing demand from both industry and enforcement bodies to integrate occupational health, safety and environmental management issues. Read more

This programme recognises the increasing demand from both industry and enforcement bodies to integrate occupational health, safety and environmental management issues.

On completion of this course you will be able to identify hazards, evaluate risks, and suggest control measures in a range of situations. The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Course details

The programme is a collaborative endeavour with the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. It recognises the increasing demand from both industry and enforcement agencies to integrate occupational health, safety and environmental issues.

Postgraduate Diploma

Subjects studied include the following:

  • Environmental Protection
  • Safety Technology
  • Risk and Safety Management
  • Occupational Health and Hygiene
  • Chemical and Biological Incident Management

MSc

(As above, plus the following):

  • Research Methods and Dissertation

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Learning and teaching

Formal lectures; group work; case studies; practical simulations; industrial/commercial visits; and student centred learning.

Employability

On completion of this course you will be in a position to identify hazards, evaluate risks, and suggest control measures in a range of situations. These skills are valued internationally by a range of employers including consultancies, commercial companies, government bodies and Non-Governmental Organisations. The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. 



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This course responds to the professional development needs of those who are involved in the promotion of health, safety and environmental management within their workplace. Read more

Why take this course?

This course responds to the professional development needs of those who are involved in the promotion of health, safety and environmental management within their workplace.

It will provide you with a solid understanding of risk management, hazard assessment and control, and the overall professional practice of occupational health and safety for a variety of industries both UK based and international.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Participate in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students
Take advantage of detailed guidance on study skills, research methods, research project management and essay writing skills
Tap in to our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection

What opportunities might it lead to?

This is a dynamic and forward-looking course enabling you to fulfil your potential as a health and safety professional. The quality of this course is recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and we are committed to providing you with innovative and flexible tutoring informed by significant research. With us you'll be able to equip yourself with recognised postgraduate skills and attributes empowering a spirit of independence, creativity and enterprise.

Module Details

You will study two units and will be provided with a series of workbooks which guide you through the required learning for the course. You have the opportunity to attend an induction day at the start of the year to explain how to progress successfully through the course. This is presented both on campus and online.

Here are the units you will study:

Management Essentials for Health and Safety: This unit aims to provide you with an appreciation of health and safety management and its integration into organisational management systems. You will study the nature of organisations and how management functions can be directed towards the recognition and control of risk. You will develop knowledge and interpretation of the requirements and responsibilities imposed by laws in respect of occupational health and safety. You will also advance your understanding of risk management and reflect upon the relationship between human behaviour, culture and risk.

Risk Management in Practice: This unit concerns the operational practice of health and safety by considering the potential risks, from both a health and safety perspective, and their subsequent assessment and control. The aim of the unit is to explore the potential hazards in a variety of industries both UK based and international, and to develop strategies for the assessment and control of hazards associated with the workplace and working practices.

Programme Assessment

It is essential that you have access to the web as this will be the main source of your learning material. This online teaching method enables you to continue in full-time work, and indeed, your work often provides the central focus for your studies.

You will have access to varied online resources, including:

Tutorials and lectures
Course materials
Workshops
Discussion forums
Academic skills help
Journals
Podcasts
PDP (Personal Development Planning)/IDP (Initial Development Planning)
Quizzes and assessments

Assessment is solely based on the submission of your written assignments.

Student Destinations

Due to the flexible distance learning style of this course, we have students on oil rigs, on ships and submarines, in isolated locations in the UK and worldwide who study where they want, when they want, at a time and place to suit them.

No matter what your situation or qualifications, this course is designed to ensure that your career in health and safety management is on a very sure footing. Our aim is to give you an excellent student experience focused on knowledge and skills essential for roles in the global workforce. The fact that many of our graduates now hold senior positions in industry attests to this.

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Health Care Technology (HCT) is a unique Master’s programme in Europe and Estonia is the first country to start teaching Health Care Technology in such an all-inclusive form. Read more

Health Care Technology (HCT) is a unique Master’s programme in Europe and Estonia is the first country to start teaching Health Care Technology in such an all-inclusive form. HCT focuses on combination of academic and practical skills and the lecturers are mostly from the industry, bringing the latest knowledge and experience to the students.

HCT Master’s program has two specialities: 1) Health care technology (HCT) and 2) Occupational Health Science and Ergonomics (OHSE).

HCT speciality is for people who are interested in healthcare management combined with information technology and innovation. Not just creating new eHealth applications, but making sure it is humanly, financially, economically viable.

Occupational Health and Ergonomics (OHSE) speciality is for people who are interested in health and safety management, ergonomics and designing innovative workplaces, promoting work life quality, productivity and employees’ wellbeing.

Key features

  • Programme teaches to understand how healthcare, IT, medicine, occupational health work together
  • Two specialisations: Health Care Technology major and Occupational Health Science and Ergonomics major
  • Lectures will take place mainly in Tallinn Tech Mektory building, the innovation centre with different labs and classes. Additionally, students have site visits to get the first-hand experience with different healthcare and medical organisations
  • Mandatory internship that can be done abroad 

Future career options

An HCT alumni works in healthcare organisation managements, in IT development companies that develop healthcare applications and systems, laboratory management, rehabilitation management and as academics in the university. A OHSE alumni works in variety of organisations, private and state, in management of health and safety, working life quality, ergonomics, occupational health services and as academics in the university.

Course outline

The idea to create Health Care Technology programme was born because of high demand on the market for Health Care Specialists. After discussions and brainstorming amongst The Institute of Clinical Medicine and industry partners, the Master's programme was created. For the HCT major to be more effective, the students will attend apprenticeship in the following medical or health care companies:

OHSE major students will attend apprenticeship in different manufacturing companies, state organisations and occupational health services.

The aim of Health Care Technology major is to prepare e-Health technology specialists who have acquired the know-how for working in different health care sector organisations and have the knowledge about the client and patient centred approach and manner of behaviour characteristics of the modern health care system.

Tallinn University of Technology is the first university to start teaching Health Care Technology in this all-inclusive form. Theory lectures are combined with practical studies in our medical and health care industry partner organisations, teaching students how to use their freshly learnt skills and how to put them to work.

Health Care Technology programme professors are from Estonia as well as from Europe and North America, covering Estonian and international experience in different levels and angles of health care. Estonia is well known for its technological inventions in e-Health and their successful implementation, making it a lucrative country to study and work in technological fields.

Faculty

School of Information Technologies (former Faculty of Information Technology) was founded in 1965. The faculty trains specialists in the main fields of information and communications technology (ICT) at bachelor, master and doctoral level. High-quality knowledge based teaching and training is based on international research and development activities, and tight cooperation with ICT industry. There are more than 2100 students annually learning in the faculty, which employs 150 faculty members, lecturers, researchers and engineers.

Curriculum

Structure of curriculum



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