Occupational health crossing borders-part 1: concept, teaching methods, and user evaluation of the first international summer school in Munich, Germany.
Radon K; Ehrenstein V; Bigaignon-Cantineau J; Vellore AD; Fingerhut M; Nowak D; TheOccupational Health Crossing Borders Summer School Team
Am J Ind Med 2009 Oct; 52(10):774-781
Background: Occupational health and safety (OHS) is relevant for occupational health professionals (OHP) throughout the world. However training opportunities are often limited and exchange between OHP from industrialized and developing countries is sparse. We aimed to contribute to the international exchange of OHP through a 2-week summer school program. Methods: Twenty-three OHP from I I countries participated. Teaching methods included interactive lectures, participants' presentations, case-based e-learning, enterprise visits, and hands-on sessions. After completion, participants evaluated the course. Results: OHS systems of 18 different countries were presented using the same set of clinical cases as a starting point. Opportunities and challenges in the different OHS systems were considered. On median, participants rated the course as excellent and totally agreed that it will help them in their daily work. Conclusions: An international summer school teaching basic aspects of different OHS systems is a useful tool for training and exchange at the global level.
Education; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Health-care-personnel; Health-hazards; Health-programs; Health-standards; Health-surveys; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Racial-factors; Training; Work-environment; Worker-health; Work-practices;
Author Keywords: occupational health; occupational accidents; developing countries; developed countries; teaching; international educational exchange
Katja Radon, Unit for Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology & Net Teaching, Institute and Outpatient Clinic for Occup., Social and Environ. Med., Clinical Centre of the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, Ziemssenstr 1, D-80336 Munich, Germany
American Journal of Industrial Medicine