MPH5241 - Introduction to occupational health and safety - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine


Ms Colleen Gilmour

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • First semester 2017 (Off-campus)


The effects and human cost of occupational disease and injury, occupational health and safety law, worker's compensation, negligence, occupational rehabilitation, historical achievements and challenges, international and national organisations.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyze and contextualize the human and economic cost and causes of workplace injury and death in Australia;
  2. identify contemporary OHS data sources, and evaluate and explain their merits and limitations;
  3. describe and evaluate the theoretical underpinnings of various injury models and their use within OHSMS;
  4. analyze and contextualize the legal framework for OHS and occupational injury management and its application to OHS practice;
  5. identify, contextualize and evaluate the fundamental principles of OHS practice including application of risk management programs and total worker health programs in complex environments;
  6. analyze and contextualize the OHS impacts of contemporary work patterns emerging challenges.


  • Contribution to online discussions (10%)
  • Assignment proposal (5%)
  • Assignment (40%) (HUrdle)
  • 2 x Open book examinations (20%; 25%) (45%) (Hurdle)

Hurdle: Assignment peer review and full attendance at unit block days.

Workload requirements

6 hours off campus, self-directed learning per week, 4 hours teacher directed learning per week, plus 20 contact hours over 3 block days.

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Must be enrolled in a Postgraduate course.

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