This programme is aimed at those in employment as occupational health professionals. It comprises four elements: -8 course modules Students receive a ring binder for each module, containing specially commissioned text and associated supplementary material (some of which may be online) -Seminars Students are invited to Manchester for an introductory meeting associated with course module 1. Subsequent seminars (one per course module) each last one day and are organised regionally -Tutorials Students are allocated to regional tutors for course module 2 (comprising epidemiology/toxicology), and thereafter to a local personal tutor -Practical courses Two four- or five-day practical courses are held at the University. For the third (MSc) year, students participate in a five-day Research Methodology course at the University, which is spread over the year. Some components of the programme are held jointly with students on the distance-learning programme in occupational medicine.
Entry requirements: Potential students should hold an honours degree (2:2 or above) preferably in a science discipline. Extensive professional experience, coupled with evidence of further training or qualifications, will be considered in lieu of a degree for initial entry to the Diploma.
Occupational Hygiene MSc
The course is intended to equip graduates with a wide range of inter-disciplinary knowledge and skills to work in areas related to occupational hygiene. Specifically, graduates will obtain an appreciation of the knowledge necessary to recognise, evaluate and control hazards in the workplace, including chemical, physical and biological agents.
The emphasis in the taught component of the course is on acquiring a thorough understanding of the theoretical principles and research methodologies underpinning the topic covered by each of the modules. Emphasis is placed on the development of the students' critical appraisal skills and a capacity to lead an occupational health team at a senior management level. Where appropriate, the dissertation provides an opportunity to develop experience in applying these principles and research methods to a problem of particular interest to the student.
Additional course information
Students are advised that they should have ready access to a personal computer with the following minimum specifications:
-Soundcard and speakers/headphones
-24 x CD ROM drive
-Screen resolution should be at least 800x600 and set to a colour depth of at least High Colour (16 bit)
-56kbs or greater internet connection
-For internet access, your computer will need either Internet Explorer v 6.0 or Netscape v 6.0
-To run some of the interactive exercises, you will also need either Quicktime Player or Windows Media Player
The eight course modules are:
-Occupational Health: an overview
-The Scientific Basis
-Occupational Health: the broader context
-Control of Workplace Hazards
-Occupational Health Practice
Both the MSc and Diploma are fully accredited by the Faculty of Occupational Hygiene (FOH) within the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).
Students who complete either programme will gain exemption from all Faculty written exams. Students with five years of occupational hygiene work experience will be required to pass an oral examination only to obtain the FOH Diploma in Occupational Hygiene, the highest professional qualification available in the UK.