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Environmental and occupational health

Description

The industrialization leads to the contamination of the environment and our living space transgressing national borders and continents. Preventive measures in the legislation certainly could and should help to reduce this problem, which has a major public health significance. This course will offer the scholars an overview on current environmental problems (surface and ground water pollution, drinking water quality and supply, food and beverages contamination, community or outdoor and indoor air pollution, community noise, soil pollution, waste water treatment and disposition, solid waste treatment and disposition) and proposed solutions as well as national and international regulations, agreements, and ongoing negotiations.

Furthermore, the scholars will be acquainted with “the Healthy Working Place” approach. They will learn about possibilities and the significance of the prevention of occupational diseases, work-related diseases, and occupational injuries. Also, the scholars will get to know different models for the organization of occupational health. Within this course, the scholars will get acquainted with the classification of professional harmfulness in an industrial environment, a concept of maximally permitted values and their public health significance. In the context of prevention of health damages caused by the occupational risks, the scholars will be acquainted with the basics of environmental and biologic monitoring and their limitations. In order to recognize and prevent possible negative effects of the industrial environment on the living environment and health of a wider population. Special attention will be given to possible effects of the working environment on the living environment and vice versa.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the most important environmental problems
  2. Discuss safe drinking water supply, wastewater treatment and other environmental problems at the national and international levels
  3. Analyze the main outdoor and indoor air pollution sources, main contaminants (chemical, physical, and biological), and their influence on human’s health
  4. Present practical proposals for appropriate preventive measures
  5. Describe the importance of healthy food consumption (its controlled production, safety storage, suitable transport, and distribution)
  6. Recognize the most important factors that endanger the health of workers
  7. Demonstrate knowledge in the history, organization, and development of occupational health
  8. Describe different organizational models in environmental and occupational health

Course Outline

  1. Organization of occupational health services in Jordan and other countries in EMR
  2. Types of occupational diseases
  3. Injuries at work
  4. Work environment and factors influencing the health of workers/employees (i.e. carcinogens, allergens, ionizing radiation)
  5. Health promotion programs for the work environment
  6. National and international regulations
  7. Environmental pollution, historical development, and future perspectives
  8. Environmental health at home
  9. Surveillance of air, water, soil and food
  10. Pollution and interaction in air, water, and soil
  11. Noise and health
  12. Treatment of hospital waste
  13. Surveillance and supervision
  14. The importance of a multi- and interdisciplinary approach
  15. Scholarly presentations of seminar/field work

Training Delivery Methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

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Certificate

Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.