188.680.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 1st Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives
    After successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1) Describe some of the historical aspects of occupational health and safety (OHS) and define how these events helped to shape OHS today; 2) Discuss the societal costs of occupational illnesses and injuries and the importance of prevention in the field of OHS; 3) Illustrate how the concepts of exposure assessment, the hierarchy of controls, biological monitoring, medical screening and surveillance are used to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses; 4) Explain the contributions of the core OHS disciplines to the multi-disciplinary OHS team; 5) Discuss and compare the key laws that govern the workplace and the executive agencies that are responsible for the regulation and enforcement of these laws; 6) Assess the complex environment in which the occupational health professional works; 7) Judge the rationale for health promotion/improvement activities in the workplace; 8) Explain concepts related to OHS, such as, workers’ compensation, disability, employee assistance programs, worker groups, unions, and emerging issues in the workplace; 9) Compare and contrast OHS as practiced in the U.S. to OHS practiced in international workplaces.
  • 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.

  • Intended Audience

    students interested in occupational health and safety

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Student evaluation based a mid-term examination, a final report, a group presentation and class participation.

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    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.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.