UCC's MSc Occupational Health is a part-time programme delivered wholly online offering students 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:
Risk Assessment and Management
Occupational Medicine and Hygiene
Training and Development
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 and reflective inquiry.
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 health and safety 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;
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.
The programme is a completed value of 90 credits. Each 10-credit module will be delivered over 8 weeks with one module being delivered at a time according to the pre-determined programme calendar. Each module consists of an estimated Student Workload of 200 hours. 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
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 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 and violence. 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.
The MSc in Occupational Health takes a multidisciplinary approach to Occupational Health and Safety, so that graduates are equipped with up to date skills to research and evaluate factors that contribute to a safe and healthy physical & psychosocial work environment. Students will learn how to conduct appropriate risk assessments to optimise health, safety and wellbeing and to prevent accidents and injury for employees in their workplace.