Postgraduate course

Occupational Health in Developing Countries

  • ECTS credits3
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeINTH660
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study



Part time, this is a MOOC (massive open online course)

Place of Instruction

This course includes completion of a MOOC, this teaching is online, produced at University of Bergen.

Objectives and Content

Aim: The students should acquire basic knowledge in occupational health and understand how this work will prevent development of diseases and injuries caused by conditions at work in developing countries

Contents of this study:

  • Occupational health - basic definitions and concepts
  • Chemical, biological and physical factors at work and development of diseases and injuries
  • Psychosocial factors and health at work
  • Structures and functions of Occupational Health Services and how to care for the worker¿s health
  • Methods for measurements of work environment factors and health in occupational health settings
  • Prevention of occupational diseases and injuries

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The students will be 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


The student shall be able to:

  • conduct a primary risk evaluation of a work place
  • advice on how to prevent work-related injuries and diseases

General competence

The student will be able to:

  • 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, and know how to work on the issue in a low income setting

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

This course is an online course with 6 weeks, consisting of 4 lectures each, as a MOOC. Each lecture shows texts illustrated by videos and photos from developing countries. The lectures have topics for discussion in a joint discussion group of the attending students online. Each lecture has a quiz, which can be repeated. At the end, the MOOC has an multiple choice exam.

In addition, the individual students are given an assignment for written and oral presentation.

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester


Reading List

  • As TC, Gardiner K, Harrington JM. Occupational Health, or
  • Snashall D, Patel D. ABC of occupational and environmental medicine
  • Alli BO. Fundamental principles of occupational health and safety

Course Evaluation

The students will be asked to give comments on the MOOC experience and the assignment work by an email questionnaire sent immediately after the exam.

Programme Committee

The program committee for Global Health

Course Coordinator

Professor Bente E. Moen, Centre for International Health

Course Administrator

Linda Forshaw

Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care


Contact Information

Centre for International Health, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care

e-mail: studie@igs.uib.no

Tel: 55588569