UCC's MSc Occupational Health is a part-time programme delivered wholly online offering students a structured programme with a flexible mode of learning. The programme integrates occupational health and safety into a multidisciplinary perspective. It offers students the opportunity to study modern cutting-edge scientific concepts and research evidence on causation, prevention and management of work-related accidents, injury and disease.
The programme incorporates the following subject areas:
• Public Health & Health Promotion
• Risk Assessment and Management
• Ergonomics & Safety Science
• Occupational Medicine and Hygiene
• Training and Development
• Epidemiology & Environmental Health
Students can then apply this knowledge to practice.
The interactive format of the teaching sessions is conducive to student networking and the sharing of knowledge and practical experience. In several modules students will work with practical case studies, engage in project work, reflective inquiry and discussion.
This 90-credit MSc in Occupational Health online programme meets the needs of the busy professional, offering a flexible, yet structured, approach to learning. The programme is designed to allow people to undertake their studies while working simultaneously with the intention to meet work, personal and academic requirements. . This programme consists of 90-credits modules, 70-credit of taught modules and a 20-credit research dissertation module.
Why Study this Course?
Our programme integrates 'classical' occupational health and safety with 'modern' approaches applicable to a wide range of industries, the health care sector and public administration. We address risk assessment and management of both psychosocial and physical hazards in the workplace and include approaches to prevent accidents and injuries combined with the promotion of health and wellbeing in the workplace. The course has a special focus on psychosocial aspects of work, which are becoming more and more relevant in modern occupational health and safety management. For example, we address work organisation and stress factors relevant to health and safety such as work demands, control, social support, working hours, workplace bullying and violence and work-related injuries and illnesses with a psychosocial component such as musculoskeletal injuries and mental health problems. The presentation of the content is informed by the most up-to-date research evidence and applied to practice. The breath of content and research methods is taught through a trans-disciplinary approach. Our programme teaches health and safety in practice with real-life scenarios for students to learn from. Students will learn how to conduct appropriate risk assessments to optimise health, safety and wellbeing, how to design health promotion and wellbeing programmes and how to prevent accidents and injury for employees in their workplace.
Graduates are also equipped with up to date skills to research and evaluate factors that contribute to a safe and healthy physical & psychosocial work environment and will be supported to publish their dissertation in scientific peer-reviewed journals. For those who would like to continue their study in Occupational Health, we offer participation in ongoing research projects and PhD options in Occupational Health. Our excellent academic staff graduated from renowned academic institutions such as UC Berkeley, Harvard and University College London. Our lecturers originate from around the world including Ireland, Germany, South Africa, India, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and are well experienced in accommodating an international community of students and to address international and global perspectives to occupational health issues.
The programme is a completed value of 90 credits. Each 10-credit module will be delivered over 8 weeks and 5-credit modules delivered over 4 weeks with one module being delivered at a time according to the pre-determined programme calendar. Each 10-credit module consists of an estimated Student Workload of 200 hours and it is 100 hours for a 5-credit module.
This consists of online:
• Self-directed learning, required readings and subject investigation
• E-tivities (e.g. student quizzes and regular participation in discussion boards)
• Preparation of written and/or oral assignments.
• Demonstrate an awareness of occupational health from a multidisciplinary perspective including occupational medicine, epidemiology, psychology, public health, safety science, law and training and development;
• Practise measures to prevent disease and injury, and to protect and promote physical and mental health, safety and wellbeing in occupational settings with application of the newest research evidence;
• Perform risk assessments and management in the workplace for both physical and psychosocial risk factors;
• Employ skills to critically appraise publications and statistics and stay up-to date with the newest research evidence;
• Design occupational health and safety training and development programmes in line with organisational policy;
• Design and carry out an ethical piece of scholarly research and health and safety programme evaluation;
• Systematically search and select credible and accurate sources of information for Occupational Health and Safety practice and research;
• Demonstrate an understanding of a specialised area and develop critical personal reflection of experience to shape future professional practice and development;
• Demonstrate an understanding of the major legal principles relevant to occupational health and safety, employment and the environment.