EH5802: Occupational Health and Health Promotion

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 2.
Teaching Methods: 10 x 3hr(s) Lectures; Other (Self-directed study and independent research)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To understand how the working environment can affect the health of staff and how their state of health can influence performance.
Module Content: A broad definition of occupational health is introduced covering the most common occupational diseases and their prevention. Health promotion in the workplace is explored. The organisation of occupational health services, first aid, medical ethics, disability and rehabilitation are other issues which are addressed.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify possible causes of occupational ill health in the workplace and be familiar with the hazard identification, risk assessment and risk management process.
  • Describe the types of occupational health issues that may arise in organisations.
  • Recommend appropriate occupational health strategies to mitigate health risks including health screening, health surveillance, absence management, and employee assistance and workplace health promotion programmes.
  • Identify the rationale behind health promotion in the workplace and how it can contribute to the overall health of the organisation.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate health promotion initiatives for a variety of topics within an occupational setting.
  • Critically evaluate the impact of health at work on performance.
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and ensure the dignity of individuals when dealing with health and safety issues.
  • Identify when to call in specialist expertise and explain how occupational health professionals interact with other multidisciplinary team members including health and safety professionals.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,500 word case study).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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