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Education in management aspects of occupational and environmental health and safety programs.

Moser R Jr.; Meservy D; Lee JS; Johns RE Jr.; Bloswick DS
J Occup Med 1989 Mar; 31(3):251-256
An interdisciplinary course designed for teaching management aspects of occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) was described. The course was developed in response to surveys of Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) students, recent MSPH graduates, and faculty who indicated that there was a need for such a course. It was designed for students in the four disciplines of occupational medicine: industrial hygiene; occupational health nursing; occupational safety; and ergonomics. It consisted of 20 sessions, each lasting 1.5 hours, followed by a session for the final examination. Topics covered in the course included: basic management theory and its applications in OEHS; time management; cost containment; health risk management; organizational structure and communication especially within the corporate environment; leadership, motivation, and delegation; decision making, data management and analysis; automation use and misuse; participatory management; planning, budgeting and developing OEHS proposals; problem resolution; marketing OEHS programs; change theory and applications; personality interaction; local, national, and international factors affecting OEHS programs; and goals and objectives of OEHS programs. The course provided for active student participation in application exercises dealing with current OEHS problems. The authors conclude that the course meets an identified need of MSPH students for management education specifically directed toward OEHS professionals.
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