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Program Details

Certificates

(The following information about this program is also available in the program brochure.)

Global Certificate Program in Occupational Health Practice

Participants will receive a "Certificate of Successful Completion" for each continuing education course. After completion of all three courses, participants will receive an "Global Certificate in Occupational Health Practice" from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

Learn more about certificates, CME's and academic credit in the "Global Program Occupational Health Practice" here.

Global Certificate Program in Occupational Hygiene Practice

Participants will receive a "Certificate of Successful Completion" for each continuing education course. After completion of all three courses, participants will receive an "Global Certificate in Occupational Hygiene Practice" from the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

Participants can also receive the "International Occupational Hygiene Certificate, Intermediate Level”, from OHTA, which would be given after successful completion of our program and after meeting additional requirements (see below).

Learn more about certificates, OHTA recognition, CE's and academic credit in the "Global Program Occupational Hygiene Practice" here.

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Location

The program is completely online and asynchronous. It uses a web-based content management and teaching platform. No visit on campus or out-of-country travel is required.

Technical requirements

The course uses a web-based content management and teaching platform. Participants need to access the internet weekly. The internet will be intensively used to search and find information to solve company problems. However, as some participants might not have a broadband connection, efforts will be made to provide the course material and the assignments in suitable way for slower internet connections.

Capacity for scanning, email, up-load of digital pictures is therefore required. Participants need to be able to scan documents, send emails, produce short videos and up-load digital pictures.

Time Requirements

This training can be done while working full time. The program requires approximately 10 hours per week on average for reading, practical exercises and assignments.

Languages

Participants need to be proficient in English as all teaching and communication is conducted in English. However participants can return their completed assignments and communicate with faculty in English and Spanish.

Teaching methods

The program uses a professional, academic web-based content management and teaching platform. Course modules provide reading assignments, point to resources on the internet, and give practical assignments to strengthen competencies and skills. Instructors provide individual feedback to each participant on her or his quality of work and suggest specific improvements. See samples of modules and the course syllabi here.

Group discussions on the course website for exchange of experiences and optional live chats provide a creative environment for interactive and challenging learning.

Participants have access to thousands of professional journals via the online university library. Extensive resource pages with links to standards, guidelines, professional organizations and legislation will be part of the professional course platform.

Assessment

Assessment will be done with a portfolio technique, which includes a mixture of products that a participant needs to create to pass, such as assignments, checklists, reports (e.g. workplace evaluations) and online tests.

Project paper

A final project paper is not required for the completion of the programs in Occupational Health or Occupational Hygiene. However, if a participant wants to work on a project to address a specific problem in his or her company, the participant will receive individual coaching and supervision for the project. An average workload of about 80 to 100 hours for such a project is assumed. After completion, the participant will get the addition of "passed with distinction" in his or her final certificate or the already issued certificate of completion will be amended. For the additional individual coaching a supplemental fee will be charged, see the fees section.

A participant who wants to get the “International Occupational Hygiene Certificate, Intermediate Level” of the Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA) in addition to the UIC certificate needs to complete a project paper besides other requirements (see Certificates below).

Books & Other Materials

Material is available as computer based files. Medical personnel must purchase an Occupational Medicine textbook.

For a project in Occupational Hygiene, participants need to have access to instruments and measurement equipment, such as a noise level meter, sampling pumps, sampling media, analytical instruments or direct-reading instruments. Not all of these instruments are required for each project.

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“This course has improved my skills and appetite in research methodology, as well as increasing my managerial skills in reducing workplace stress, and improving productivity of workers. [It] has greatly increased my medical and managerial skills in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of work-related diseases. I wish I had done this course many years long ago, I would recommend this to all Physicians and health workers.”

Eunice Yang, M.D.
GlaxoSmithKline, Tianjin, China

Read more testimonials here.
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