Postgraduate course

Introduction to Occupational Health

  • ECTS credits3
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeINTH310A
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content


The students should acquire basic knowledge on occupational hygiene, occupational health and on major occupational diseases.


-Occupational hygiene and health - definitions

- Main concepts in occupational hygiene

- Occupational disorders and injuries

- Regulations and standardizations

- Literature and sources of information

- Occupational health in different countries

Learning Outcomes


At the end of the course, the students are able to:

  • describe the basic concepts in occupational health
  • outline the tasks and structure of occupational health services
  • recognize the most important risk factors for illness and injuries at work places, both nationally and globally
  • describe the major occupational diseases nationally and globally
  • explain the different steps in risk assessment at the workplace
  • describe the association between workplace exposure and health effects
  • describe the main steps in risk prevention on exposure to health hazards in the work environment
  • summarize international regulations within occupational health


At the end of the course, the students are able to:

  • conduct a primary risk evaluation of a work place
  • advice on how to prevent work-related diseases in line with laws and regulations
  • search for relevant literature within occupational health

General competence

At the end of the course, the students can:

  • understand the interaction between the actors within occupational health; employers, employees, health and safety personnel, occupational health services, occupational health clinics and the Labour Inspection
  • reflect on occupational health in a global perspective
  • written and oral communication and dissemination

Required Previous Knowledge

Students admitted to a Master`s degree Programme may join this course. A good Bachelor`s degree in Medicine, Dentistry, Health Sciences or Natural Sciences. Good knowledge of English.

Forms of Assessment

Written assignment and student presentation

Grading Scale

Grading scale A-F


Contact Information

Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

e-mail: studie@igs.uib.no

Course coordinator: Bente E. Moen http://www.uib.no/en/persons/Bente.Elisabeth.Moen

Exam information

  • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

  • Type of assessment: Take-home examination

    Withdrawal deadline