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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.

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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 programme is suitable for physicians, nurses, environmental health officers, human resource professionals, trade union representatives, health and safety inspectors, managers, civil servants, scientists and others who have responsibility for the health and safety of employees. Read more

This programme is suitable for physicians, nurses, environmental health officers, human resource professionals, trade union representatives, health and safety inspectors, managers, civil servants, scientists and others who have responsibility for the health and safety of employees.

Overview

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 aims of the course are:

  • To develop an understanding of the broad processes underpinning health protection in the workplace.
  • To develop and enhance research in occupational health directly applicable and beneficial to practice.
  • To encourage attitudes pertinent to the team approach.

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. 

The course aims to enable you to explore, understand, analyse and/or apply:

  • The concepts of occupational health practice in relation to current needs and initiatives.
  • The role of occupational health practitioners and the analysis of their effectiveness in practice.
  • The management of occupational health issues including psychological, sociological and philosophical perspectives, which may affect management strategies and impinge on the role of specialist practitioners.
  • Assessments of the work environment, its effects on health, relevant legislation and the effective control of workplace hazards.
  • Health surveillance, its application within the workplace and the design of appropriate occupational health programmes.
  • Specialist roles within occupational health practice through the critical appraisal of literature and research.
  • Epidemiological principles in occupational health practice and the significance of data collection in the development of evidence based practice.

Throughout the course there will be opportunities for the development of critical appraisal skills in the analysis of literature and the development of research-based activities in occupational health practice. 

The MSc dissertation then provides the opportunity to carry out research involving a detailed literature review, the formulation of research questions, hypotheses, aims and objectives, and conducting data collection, analysis and the presentation of results. 

Distinctive features

  • The MSc course is delivered online and so can more easily fit into your own schedule and study style.
  • Subject to sufficient student interest, a short introductory course is also held in Cardiff.
  • The MSc contains an emphasis on practical solutions.

Learning and assessment

Students undertake six modules of 20 credit points each to complete the taught stages. Teaching is through engagement with a variety of online activities including individual study of course material, group discussions, individual and group coursework, working through specially designed coursework and interactive materials. Students also receive regular constructive feedback to stimulate their enthusiasm and provide support. 

This course will be delivered by distance learning and therefore can be accessed by eligible students from anywhere within the international health care community. This also allows for flexibility of study to suit individual student needs. Support will be provided wherever possible for students with additional learning needs. 

In addition, a three-day introductory course is available in Cardiff to provide a valuable opportunity to get to know the tutors and fellow students. It is therefore strongly recommended that all students register to attend this so that the course team know there are sufficient numbers to enable them to run it. 

The taught stages comprise six compulsory modules delivered over two years, three modules per year. In year three students undertake the research element of the course required for the award of an MSc.

The modules are delivered entirely via Learning Central, the University’s virtual learning environment. On Learning Central you will undertake self-directed learning based on the material provided for each module, participate in group activities such as an eConference, and collaborate with other students.

Studies at MSc dissertation level will largely consist of guided independent study and research, making use of the extensive learning and research facilities available. A project supervisor will be allocated to support and advise you on researching and writing up your specific dissertation topic.

Career prospects

The programme focuses on evidence-based practice and practical solutions in the workplace and so provides the opportunity to gain a sound basis of knowledge for occupational health practice, whatever your background, and demonstrates a commitment to your own further professional development in the area.

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 Website.

Please note that the programme 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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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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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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Our part-time blended learning MSc Occupational Hygiene course will equip you with a wide range of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to work in areas related to occupational hygiene, culminating in an academic qualification accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS). Read more

Our part-time blended learning MSc Occupational Hygiene course will equip you with a wide range of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to work in areas related to occupational hygiene, culminating in an academic qualification accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).

As a graduate of this course, you will have knowledge necessary to recognise, evaluate and control hazards in the workplace, including chemical, physical and biological agents.

In the taught component of the course, the emphasis is on acquiring a thorough understanding of the theoretical principles and research methodologies underpinning the topic covered by each unit.

Emphasis is placed on the development of your critical appraisal skills and your capacity to lead an occupational health team at a senior management level.

The dissertation provides an opportunity to develop experience in applying these principles and research methods to a problem of particular interest to you.

Aims

The primary aim of the course is to deliver academic training in disciplines relevant to occupational hygiene. The course aims to provide you with:

  • an appreciation of the skills necessary to recognise, evaluate and control hazardous substances in the workplace, encompassing hazards such as chemical, physical (eg. noise, radiation), biological and ergonomic agents;
  • an introduction to the wide variety of aspects covered within the occupational hygiene discipline such as legislation, toxicological basis for standard setting, methods commonly used to evaluate hazardous agents, and related and overlapping health professions;
  • an academic qualification that is accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS);
  • a good foundation on which to build and extend your knowledge of occupational hygiene during the changes and developments which lie in the years ahead.

The MSc aims to:

  • encourage critical evaluation of ideas and concepts in occupational hygiene and exploration of other philosophical and practical approaches to minimising ill health in the workplace;
  • develop powers of critical appraisal, analytical thinking and logical argument.

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 1 day seminar associated with Module 1 in month 3, and the same for Module 2 in month 5 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 hygiene. 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.

All examinations are held at the University.

Some components of the course are held jointly with students on our MSc Occupational Medicine 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 taken at Seminar 1 (Year 1, Month 3) and the second at Seminar 2 (Year 1, Month 5). The remaining Year 1 assessments will be taken 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.

Course unit details

YEAR 1

Module 1: Introduction to Hazards, Risks and the Working Environment

  • Occupational Health in Perspective
  • Introduction to Occupational Health Law
  • Historical Development of Occupational Health
  • Hazards and Risks
  • 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: Occupational Ill Health

  • Occupational Dermatoses
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Occupational Cancers
  • Stress Disorders
  • Work-Related Infections
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Health Assessment, Surveillance and Screening
  • Biological Monitoring

Module 3: Health and Workability

  • Workplace Assessment Skills
  • Advanced Occupational Health Law
  • Ergonomics
  • Shift Work and Daily Rhythms
  • Solvents
  • Plastics and Polymers
  • Pesticides
  • Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals 
  • Choosing a Research Topic and Literature Review
  • Developing the Research Question

Module 4: Hazardous Substances

  • Factors in Dust Exposure
  • Exposure in Manufacturing Processes
  • Air Sampling
  • Exposure Evaluation/Exposure Modelling
  • Sample Analysis
  • Occupational Exposure for Airborne Substances

YEAR 2

Module 5: Understanding Physical Agents

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

Module 6: Control of Workplace Hazards

  • Process Control Strategy
  • Ventilation
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Human Behaviours
  • Dermal Exposure

Module 7: Research Methods and Data Analysis

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

Module 8: Management of Workplace Hazards

  • Industry and Environment
  • Occupational Hygiene Practice
  • Food Hygiene
  • Prevention of Accidents
  • Principles of Toxicology
  • Global Aspects of Occupational Hygiene


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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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Globally government are prioritising strategies and policies for improving population, community and individual health. Read more

Globally government are prioritising strategies and policies for improving population, community and individual health. This course recognises the importance of the wider social context in which health is created; and explores innovative approaches to address the widening inequalities gap, the health needs of an ageing population, and the increased prevalence of long-term chronic conditions.

This course encompasses both prevention and promotion, and recognises the importance of social determinants of health. It will support you to develop the skills required to address existing and emerging public health challenges locally, nationally and internationally. It will also provide you with a professional qualification that will develop your understanding of this complex field. You will strengthen, enhance and improve your career prospects, and be empowered to make a valuable contribution to improving health and wellbeing.

What you will study

STAGE 1

You will be introduced to the underpinning principles and concepts of public health and health promotion in different settings, and examine the impact of health inequalities on population health, engage with the principles, methods and application of epidemiology and the planning and evaluation of public health programmes.

STAGE 2

You will apply the principles from Stage 1 and examine global health challenges, explore approaches to address population health (including working with communities) and critically explore theories of behaviour change. You will apply leadership, partnership working and change management theory to the public health context and your own practice.

STAGE 3

You will undertake a self-directed, supervised, research project relevant to public health and health promotion.

Our goal is to help you develop into a critical and reflective public health professional with strong problem solving skills and able to implement creative solutions.

There is a strong emphasis on student participation in all modules and a self-directed approach to learning is essential to achieve the aims of the course.

Teaching and assessment

The team members bring extensive public health experience to their teaching, ensuring professional relevance and currency. Invited guest speakers will enhance your learning experience.

All students will engage with our Virtual Learning Environment (CampusMoodle). Regardless of mode, you will learn both individually and through group activities. If you study this course online, you will take part in online tutorial sessions through the virtual classroom utilising innovative technologies to facilitate engagement and encourage discussion and debate.

We expect you to be an active and engaged learner; undertaking activities and discussions, offering your point of view, and sharing your experiences and knowledge to help you gain a deeper understanding of the issues and potential solutions.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Tutorial - 20 students per group, 88 hours per Stage 1
  • Tutorial - 20 students per group, 88 hours per Stage 2
  • Tutorial - 20 students per group, 19 hours per Stage 3
  • Project Supervision - 16 hours per Stage 3
  • Independent Study - 512 hours per Stage 1
  • Independent Study - 512 hours per Stage 2
  • Independent Study - 565 hours per Stage 3

INDEPENDENT STUDY

A significant portion of this course is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

Our teaching team members are Associates or Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. This is a professional recognition of practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning. Contributing to this course are visiting Lecturers who are experts in their field and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the course.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed at each stage:

Stage 1

  • 1 written assignments, including essays
  • 2 oral assessment

Stage 2

  • 4 written assignments, including essays

Stage 3

  • 1 dissertation

Job prospects 

Students on the existing programme come from a wide range of disciplines including public health, physiotherapy, dietetics, third sector, nursing and midwifery, oncology and occupational health.

Opportunities have increased significantly with the global changes in health and the challenges that lifestyle related diseases are presenting. Employment opportunities include:

  • clinical practice
  • local authorities and commissioning boards
  • occupational health
  • education
  • work based health programmes
  • sports and leisure centres
  • social care

Other related areas and opportunities include community development, non-government agencies, charitable and voluntary organisations. 



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IN BRIEF. Satisfies the academic requirements for Graduate Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • Satisfies the academic requirements for Graduate Membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • Opportunities to work with private, public and third sector organisations improving your career prospects
  • Benefit from lectures from specialist speakers employed in the sector, bringing real-world examples and practice based learning
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

This internationally recognised course has been designed to meet the educational needs created by the ever-increasing challenges facing occupational health and safety practitioners. Modules have been designed to enable development of the intellectual analytical skills appropriate for health and safety professionals in the 21st century, and address the risks of disease injury and the design and manufacture of work equipment and systems.

Designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking occupational safety and health-related employment,  as well as to meet continuing professional development needs; this course is recognised by ISOH as satisfying the academic requirements for graduate membership.

At the University of Salford, much emphasis is placed upon the development of professional skills and capabilities. Your employability is developed through project work with external clients and through opportunities to work on specific business problems as part of your dissertation. In addition, academics from this course have links with safety, health and environment professionals through the Manchester Occupational Health and Safety Group which organises seminars and provides networking opportunities, allowing you to build relationships with professionals from a similar background .

This course seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the strategic development and implementation of policy initiatives within industry. Our Occupational Health and Safety alumni are actively employed in various sectors both in the UK and overseas. Previous graduates have progressed into careers within the public and private sector, including in consultancy, regulatory bodies, the oil and gas industry, construction, education and the health service.

COURSE DETAILS

This course involves engagement with a number of ideas drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of occupational safety, health and well-being.  Modules address existing and emerging challenges and review contemporary management and regulatory systems designed to reduce risks.  

A feature of this course is applied learning and an emphasis on authentic, experimental problem based learning ensuring that students learn from their experiences while they are supported in reviewing the progress of their own learning.

For the MSc, the full-time and part-time routes comprise three 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one or three years respectively.

This course comprises four taught core modules complemented by a research dissertation.      

For part-time students, the taught components span two academic years each consisting of two semesters between September and May.  Year 1 involves the study of two core modules, delivered throughout the year.  Year 2 involves the study of one core module in semester one and one in semester two. During your third year of the course you will complete a dissertation.

TEACHING

This course is delivered through lectures and seminars, with students utilising case studies and completing assignments as the course progresses. We place a strong emphasis on students discussing and exchanging their own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers to encourage collaborative learning. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work with an organisation and/or relevant stakeholder on a real project which will provide networking opportunities with external clients as well as real world context for what you are learning.

ASSESSMENT

Research & Professional Practice  (30 credits)

Project & Learning portfolio (100%)

Risk: Perception & Management (30 credits)

Literature review (30%); Case study portfolio (70%)

Organisational Well-Being (30 credits)

Critical evaluation (40%); Case Study (60%)

Management of Occupational Health and Safety (30 credits)

Case study development of strategy (50%); seen examination (50%)

Dissertation (60 credits)

EMPLOYABILITY

Recognised by the ISOH as satisfying the academic requirements for graduate membership, this course is designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking occupational safety and health-related employment, and to meet the continuing professional development needs of personnel in government, industry and the voluntary sector. It seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the strategic development and implementation of policy initiatives within industry.

Occupational Safety, Health and Wellbeing alumni are actively employed in various sectors both in the UK and overseas. Previous graduates have progressed into careers within the public and private sector including roles in consultancy, regulatory bodies, the oil and gas industry, construction, education and the health service.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

This course emphasises the development of professional skills and capabilities.  Employability of graduates is developed through project work with external clients and through opportunities to work on specific business problems as part of your dissertation. In addition you are encouraged to engage with a wide range of university wide initiatives to develop employability skills.  

A feature of this course is applied learning and input from visiting practitioners from industry.  External expert sessions add value to this vocationally oriented course and Honorary visiting professors make particularly interesting contributions and bring leading edge practice to the learning environment.  

Furthermore, academics from this course have links with safety, health and environment professionals through the Manchester Occupational Health and Safety Group which organises seminars and provides networking opportunities, allowing you to build relationships with professionals from a similar background.

FURTHER STUDY

After completion of this course you may wish to specialise in a chosen subject area in one of the School’s two main research centres: Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EER) or Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

Research protocol (15%); dissertation (85%)



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The postgraduate diploma in public health practice. specialist community public health nursing, takes one year to complete.It is designed specifically for nurses and midwives who want to achieve career progression into a community based role. Read more

The postgraduate diploma in public health practice: specialist community public health nursing, takes one year to complete.It is designed specifically for nurses and midwives who want to achieve career progression into a community based role. Successful completion of this programme will entitle you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the clearly defined area of specialist community public health nursing.

As a result, graduates typically find employment as a health visitor, school nurse, in sexual health, or as an occupational health nurse.

Our nursing is ranked 10th in the world and 3rd amongst UK universities in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2017.

Introducing your course

Help improve lives in a community and educate young people on health matters as a health visitor or public nurse with the PGDip in Public Health Practice: Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course. As a public health specialist, you will be involved in providing health care for children, families, individuals and communities through vital skills gained on this course. Learn strategic leadership and management for health and wellbeing to run an effective practice and provide care in the community as a public nurse or as an occupational health nurse.

Overview

This PGDip public health practice: specialist community public health nursing qualification is sometimes referred to as the health visitors' diploma.

That's because becoming a qualified health visitor is one of the main career goals of the nurses and midwives who enrol on the programme.

As a student you will gain skills in leading, managing, delivering and enhancing the public health of individuals, groups, and also whole communities.

All of your practice modules will be integrated into the programme, and you will consolidate what you have learned under the supervision of a recognised practice teacher.

View the programme specification document for this course



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Accredited by. Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. Developed in accordance with the IOSH Higher Level Qualification Accreditation Framework this programme focuses on the theory and application of the key principles of health, safety and wellbeing management in an occupational setting. Read more
Accredited by: Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

Developed in accordance with the IOSH Higher Level Qualification Accreditation Framework this programme focuses on the theory and application of the key principles of health, safety and wellbeing management in an occupational setting.

The programme aims to challenge the preconceptions and practice of participants, as well as developing their knowledge, skills, competencies and ability to reflect and learn from their own professional practice. There is a strong emphasis on students' own practice, and students are encouraged to base their studies on the issues and situations they face in their own field.

The aim of the programme is to develop reflective occupational health, safety and wellbeing practitioners able to understand, develop, implement and monitor both, traditional safety concepts and contemporary health and wellbeing strategies and interventions in the context of the 21st century occupational health environment.

This programme will go through a periodic review on the 1st February 2017. As such the programme title, structure and content may change. Please check this page at that point for up-to-date information.

Course Content

For the Postgraduate Certificate, students must complete the following modules:

• Principles and Practice of Risk Assessment (10 Credits): Examine theoretical and practical approaches to risk assessment, hazard identification and risk control and evaluate their impact on the management of workplace hazards.
• Risk Perception & Communication (10 credits): Critically appraise the impact of psychological and psychosocial factors upon the perception and communication of, and response to, a range of risks and threats to health and wellbeing.
• Applied Research Methods and Design (20 credits): Develop the qualitative and quantitative research skills necessary to undertake research and evaluate interventions and day-to-day practice
• Management of Occupational Health and Wellbeing (20 Credits): Formulate appropriate control strategies and interventions to effectively manage a range of health and wellbeing issues across a variety of environments.

For the Postgraduate Diploma, students undertake the above modules, plus the following core modules:

• Individual & Organisational Change H&S (10 Credits): Appraise factors which influence organisational response to the management and performance of health, safety and wellbeing.
• Management of Safety Performance (20 Credits): Identify and appraise proactive and reactive approaches to managing, monitoring, reviewing and auditing safety performance in the workplace.
• Reflecting on Professional Development (10 Credits): Reflect on your learning, practice and experiences in order to evidence the development of your professional development. (Typically this module includes an element of work based learning and the completion of two work based projects.)
• Developing Health Safety and Wellbeing Strategies & Interventions (20 Credits): Enable students to integrate conceptual frameworks, policies and approaches to intervention through the development of a multidisciplinary intervention on an identified occupational health, safety & wellbeing issue. (Typically this module includes the analysis of live data and information from a collaborating organisation.)

To obtain the MSc, students must also complete a research project (60 credits):

• Research Project (60 credits): Design, plan and undertake a piece of independent applied research, and present the findings.

All of the above modules have been mapped against Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Higher Level Qualification Accreditation Framework 2013.

Assessment

The programme is assessed by coursework. Examples of assessment tasks include: reports, essays, oral presentations, group work and posters. Assessment tasks encourage students to select specific topics of study that are relevant to them and their practice.

Employability & Careers

Graduate Membership of IOSH

Students who successfully complete the MSc programme will be eligible for Graduate membership of IOSH and will subsequently be able to begin the Initial Professional Development (IPD) stage of their progression to gaining Chartered status.

Improved career and /or academic progression

Students who have completed the MSc at Cardiff Metropolitan University have gained senior management and Director Level positions. Other students have gone on to undertake a PhD or lecture at university.

Internationally recognised and highly regarded qualification

The programme and MSc award is internationally recognised by government bodies, public and private sector and employers from many countries across the world, including amongst others, Oman, Libya, Lebanon, Nigeria and Germany.

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WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

Whether you want to progress your career as an occupational health and safety practitioner or specialise in managing safety in fields such as construction, nuclear or oil and gas undertaking the MSc Occupational Health and Safety Management through the Learning at Work Partnership Masters Programme allows you to study for a recognised accredited postgraduate university degree without leaving your job.

The University of Portsmouth has been offering courses in Health and Safety to serve industrial and professional needs in the UK and abroad since 1976.

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.

WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE?

This is a unique course that allows you to tailor your learning to suit your professional and personal development aspirations. It is a three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University which enables you to make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improving your career prospects. Taught units ensure you cover the key learning required of today’s health and safety professional.

The remainder of your learning comes from work-based learning (WBL) projects that form part of your daily workload, which ensures that the knowledge gained is relevant to your employer's business.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES MIGHT IT LEAD TO?

The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). As the chartered body for health and safety professionals, IOSH is the largest professional health and safety organisation in the world. Once you have successfully completed this course, you can make an application to IOSH for Graduate membership.

Students also have the opportunity to work towards their Chartered status with IOSH through our unique professional development process

STRUCTURE & TEACHING

There is a great deal of flexibility in the time it takes you to complete your studies which will be dependent on the point at which you start the course and your personal circumstances at work and at home.

Students make up the academic required for their award through a combination of core taught units and work-based learning projects which is detailed in a learning contract. The balance of elements in a learning contract is agreed by negotiation between you and your Workplace Partner, Academic Tutor and Learning Manager.

Your learning can be made up from:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): This allows you to receive credit for the qualifications you already have and for experience that has given you the learning equivalent to academic qualifications. This can include in-service training courses and qualifications, as well as learning from on-the-job experience. You may already have a PgC/PgD and wish to top it up to an MSc. The maximum RPL credit you can receive is two-thirds of the credit for the award. For further information contact the Learning at Work department.
  • Taught Units: You will study two core units which cover the essential learning required by today’s health and safety professionals: 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 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. Other optional taught units include Construction Safety, Ergonomics and Professional Development.
  • Work-based Learning Projects: They must involve new learning for you, so they cannot be simply the activities involved in your regular job. However, they should be of value to your employer as well as yourself and you should be able to carry out much of the project work in normal working hours. Previous WBL projects have included Process Safety Management in Oil and Gas, the Design of an LEV System, Managing Confined Space Entry, Control of Asbestos at Work.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.



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WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?. Read more

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

Whether you want to progress your career as an Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Practitioner or specialise in managing HSE in fields such as construction, nuclear or oil and gas undertaking the MSc Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management through the Learning at Work Partnership Masters Programme allows you to study for a recognised accredited postgraduate university degree without leaving your job.

The University of Portsmouth has been offering courses in Health, Safety and Environmental Management to serve industrial and professional needs in the UK and abroad since 1976.

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.

WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE?

A unique flexible course that allows you to set your own objectives, choose your specific course content and tailor the pace of learning to suit the demands on your time.

It is a three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University which enables you to make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improving your career prospects. Much of your learning comes from work-based learning (WBL) projects that form part of your daily workload, which ensures that the knowledge gained is relevant to your employer's business. University taught units and other training programmes can provide additional learning.

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES MIGHT IT LEAD TO?

The course is accredited by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). As the chartered body for health and safety professionals, IOSH is the largest professional health and safety organisation in the world. Once you have successfully completed this course, you can make an application to IOSH for Graduate membership. Students also have the opportunity to work towards their Chartered status with IOSH through our unique professional development process.

Students are also eligible to apply for Graduate membership of the IEMA.

STRUCTURE & TEACHING

There is a great deal of flexibility in the time it takes you to complete your studies which will be dependent on the point at which you start the course and your personal circumstances at work and at home.

Students make up the academic required for their award through a combination of core taught units and work-based learning projects which is detailed in a learning contract. The balance of elements in a learning contract is agreed by negotiation between you and your Workplace Partner, Academic Tutor and Learning Manager.

Your learning can be made up from:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): This allows you to receive credit for the qualifications you already have and for experience that has given you the learning equivalent to academic qualifications. This can include in-service training courses and qualifications, as well as learning from on-the-job experience. You may already have a PgC/PgD and wish to top it up to an MSc. For further information contact the Learning at Work department.
  • Taught Units: You will study three core units which cover the essential learning required by today’s health, safety and environmental professionals: 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 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.
  • Environmental Management: This unit considers the global, national and local environmental issues prominent in our society. It aims to provide the student with an appreciation of pollution, its sources and control and considers the management of environmental factors within organisations. Other optional taught units include Construction Safety, Ergonomics and Professional Development.
  • Work-based Learning Projects: They must involve new learning for you, so they cannot be simply the activities involved in your regular job. However, they should be of value to your employer as well as yourself and you should be able to carry out much of the project work in normal working hours. Previous WBL projects have included Process Safety Management in Oil and Gas, the Design of an LEV System, Managing Construction Waste, Control of Asbestos at Work.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.



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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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