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OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA

Occupational health and safety is the field of Public Health Education that studies trends in illnesses and injuries in the worker population and proposes and implements strategies and regulations to prevent them. Its scope is broad, encompassing a wide variety of disciplines—from toxicology and epidemiology to ergonomics and violence prevention.

The main objective of the department of OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GHANA is to train public health practitioners who will be leaders and change agents for health development in Ghana in particular and in the wider African context.


The department also seeks to Promote knowledge and be lead advocates for needed public health reforms in Ghana.

And then also to :

  1. To produce high caliber public health practitioners who will provide effective leadership for health development.
  2. Provide the forum for high level policy research into national development.
  3. Provide public health extension service

THE COURSE INVOLVES :

FIELD VISITS, FIELD PRACTICE AND DISSERTATION

Students will be taken on short field visits to institutions and workplaces where managers and supervisors would discuss the administration, management principles and institutional culture. In addition students will learn about occupational health programs.

SPECIAL SEMINARS IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH

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