The purpose of the Foundations in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) program is to provide participants with the basic knowledge on core public health disciplines that are related to the field of GEOHealth. Participants completing this program will have a solid foundation in public health that enables them to take further steps in the field. GEOHealth courses and training are expected to bring together multiple disciplines to advance the ability of participants to use scientific methodologies in their future career. This program is a 3-month foundation level program offered in addition to an advanced level and a specialization level program in both environmental and occupational health. The completion of the 3 programs will grant participants a 9–month diploma in either environmental health or occupational health and safety. The goal of offering the 9-month diploma is to develop skills and knowledge to a level of professionality and high quality in both fields.
The program’s total duration is three months, composed of five weeks of in-service study and seven weeks of field work supervised by a dedicated mentor.
By the end of the program, participants will be able to:
- Describe the major factors that influence the health of individuals and populations worldwide and their complexities
- Identify the major classes of environmental hazards, their sources, and mechanisms for injury and susceptibility
- Identify approaches for preventing and mitigating environmental hazards, and protecting populations from environmental hazards
- Describe a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, place, and time;, and calculate basic epidemiological measures
- Select and apply simple statistical analyses and interpret the results for given research hypotheses
- Apply knowledge of the principles of toxicology in the evaluation and prediction of exposure to toxic substances
Participants in this program will complete the following five short courses:
- Introduction to Public Health
- Basic Epidemiology
- Introduction to Environmental Health
- Principles of Toxicology
- Foundations in Global Health
Participants will spend seven weeks in the field to get exposed to real-life situations and to practice the skills they gain with the guidance of a dedicated mentor. The following field projects are expected to be conducted during the field work period:
- Identify public health problems and comprehend the use of data in public health sectors
- Apply methods of epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental health in the field
- Evaluate and distinguish environmental and occupational threats in a community
The program is targeting professionals working for ministries of health, non-governmental organizations, and humanitarian agencies. It is also valuable for those looking for a career in environmental and occupational health.
Training Delivery Method
- In-class method
- Blended learning method