Curriculum development for agricultural occupational health: the Kentucky experience.
ICOH 2002 Oct; :86
In 2001, the University of Kentucky's NIOSH-funded Southeast Center for Agricultural Health started a 5-year effort to place agricultural health and safety into the curriculum of a new MPH program. The purpose of this curriculum is to design, implement, and evaluate a Health of Agricultural Populations "emphasis area" in a MPH program. It is administered as an optional trans-departmental offering. The agricultural curriculum is open to Master of Public Health students in any of the school's five departments: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Services Management, Occupational and Environmental Health, and Health Behavior. Students are recruited from a wide range of disciplines, including agricultural engineering, agricultural cooperative extension, persons working with migrant workers, and others. Seven objectives for the track have been established, including identification of occupational and farm lifestyle risks, working with multi-disciplinary groups, and prevention for special populations in the agricultural workforce. The total number of semester hours for the MPH program is 33-36. Of these, a minimum of 15 hours of agricultural health coursework is required, including courses in Health of Agricultural Populations, Injury Control, a seminar in Agricultural Health, plus a 3-to 6-hour practicum in research, practice, or service related to the health of agricultural populations. This small innovative program might serve as a curriculum model for other occupational health programs which could target other high risk industries, such as construction, health care, and mining.
Agricultural-industry; Occupational-health; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Epidemiology; Biostatistics; Health-services; Risk-factors; Occupational-health-programs; Health-care; Construction-industry; Mining-industry
Abstract; Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Best Practices in Occupational Safety and Health, Education, Training, and Communication: Ideas That Sizzle, 6th International Conference, Scientific Committee on Education and Training in Occupational Health, ICOH, In Cooperation with The International Communication Network, ICOH, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, October 28-30, 2002
Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky