188.680.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 1st Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Maureen Cadorette
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Information not required for this course type

  • Course Description
    Surveys the history of occupational health, the continuum from exposure to disease, the hierarchy of controls in the workplace, workplace medical screening and surveillance, occupational health hazards, legal and regulatory issues, the provision of occupational health services, the core disciplines in occupational health and safety, and current issues in occupational health.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    This site is the class version of the Fundamentals of Occupational Health (188.680.01). All materials needed for the course are provided via this site except for the textbook. You will find the course materials in the following places: 1) Lecture readings are listed on the class session page; 2)  All other documents - pdf files of Power Point handouts for each lecture; additional handout materials; tables and lists; web links to useful related information; and additional readings are posted on this site; 3)   Guest lecturers may provide additional materials in class.  We will try to have all readings and lecture slides posted on the site prior to class. 

    Use this site to get all readings, handouts, web links, lecture schedules, educational objectives, grading policy, and lecture slides handouts and to communicate with me about course issues. You must have an e-learning account to gain access to the course materials. 


  • Intended Audience
    students interested in occupational health and safety

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    This course is intended for all students as an introduction to the concepts of and topics in occupational health. No medical training is necessary to complete the course.

  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based a mid-term examination, a final report, a group presentation and class participation.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Methods of Assessment:


     20% of grade: Your midterm exam.

    40% of grade:  Class participation. Class participation includes the following: 

    15 points for participation in the class exercises (2). See instructions in the online library.  

    15 points for a presentation in the class participation exercise #2. See instructions in the online library.  

    10 points for class attendance and discussion during class.        

    40% of grade:  The final exam is an online slide presentation of an industrial facility. Students will be required to write a paper based on the walkthrough of this facility. The presentation will only be available on one day. Please be sure to attend the class on the day of the slide presentation. Once it is done, it will not be shown again. The final paper must be typed, double-spaced, and be no more than 6 pages. Please see further instructions on the final exam page from the course schedule. 

    Grading will be based on well-reasoned, coherent arguments that are scientifically supportable. An "A" grade will be given for work that utilizes both texts and primary literature, and also shows that you thought about and synthesized the material based on your own experiences and information gathered. The degree to which you synthesize the course material and other sources will be important determinants of your grade. You must also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of any choices or recommendations that you make in the assignment. 







  • Prerequisites

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    There are no prerequisites for this course.

  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    Textbook: Required: Levy BS, Wegman DH, Barron SL, Sokas RK (editors). Occupational and Environmental Health: Recognizing and Preventing Disease and Injury (6th edition). New York: Oxford University Press 2011.

    Other Readings: Many of the sessions have additional readings. All of the readings are available on this site.  You should consult the files in the Introductory Materials section of this site that describe in detail the readings and web links by session.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Welcome Message

    This is the Courseplus site for the in class version of Fundamentals of Occupational Health (188.680.01). Use this site to get all course materials in electronic or print versions and to communicate with me or other students about course topics. You can also communicate with me about any course related issues by email (

    Please see the on-line library for the class readings, the class web links, and the instructions for the class participation exercises.

  • Course topics
    • Historical Aspects of Occupational Health
    • Burden of Occupational Diseases and Injuries in the United States
    • Continuum of Exposure to Disease
    • Components of an Occupational Health Program
    • Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
    • Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing
    • Biologic Monitoring
    • Medical Surveillance
    • Clinical Occupational Medicine
    • Injury Epidemiology
    • Regulations in the Workplace, Impairment and Disability, ADA and Workers' Compensation
    • Emerging Issues in the Workplace  
    • International Occupational Health 


  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Maureen Cadorette
    Office: W7503B
    Tel: 410-955-4587

    Peter Lees, PhD

    Jacqueline Agnew, PhD

    Mary Doyle, MPH, COHN-S

    Keisha Pollack, PhD

    Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at