Free Online Course on Occupational Health

This “Occupational Health in Developing Countries” free online course has been developed by The University of Bergen (UiB). The course aimed to give you the knowledge that how occupational health can reduce illnesses or injuries caused by working conditions.

The course will teach you a basic knowledge of occupational health and how to prevent the development of diseases and injuries, which are caused by working conditions in developing countries.The course will start on March 20, 2017.

Course At A Glance

  1. Length: 6 weeks
  2. Effort: 4 hours per week
  3. Subject:  Health sciences or natural sciences
  4. Institution:  The University of Bergen (UiB)
  5. Languages: English
  6. Price:   Free
  7. Certificate Available: Yes
  8. Session: The course will start on March 20, 2017

Providers Details

  • The University of Bergen (UiB) offers first-class education and cutting-edge research at our location in the city center of Bergen, Norway. The university was officially opened in 1948 and is a young and dynamic university. UiB offers comprehensive research and education.
  • UiB offers comprehensive research and education. UiB has 14,000 students and 3,500 staff. The university has always had a strong international presence, and 21% of academic staff, 30% of Ph.D. candidates and 11% of students at UiB are from outside of Norway.


You don’t need any prior knowledge to take this course, but an interest in health sciences or natural sciences.

About This Course

  • Benefits: This free online course provides an introduction to occupational health – a part of public health that is neglected in many developing countries, where industrial activity is increasing, but the health and safety of workers are hardly discussed. The language of the course is English.
  • Importance of the subject in today’s scenario: About 45% of the world’s population and 58% of the population over 10 years of age belong to the global workforce. Their work sustains the economic and material basis of society which is critically dependent on their working capacity. Thus occupational health and the well-being of working people are crucial prerequisites for productivity and are of utmost importance for overall socio-economic and sustainable development.

How to Join This Course

Why Take This Course

  • Advantage of Course: After completing the course you will know assess the most important risk factors for illness and injuries at work places. Evaluate the risk of illness and injuries at work places. Evaluate the risk of illness and injuries at work places
  • Certificate: To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete and score over 70% on any course tests. Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses.

Learning Outcomes

After the course, you will understand:

  • The basic concepts of occupational health
  • The tasks and structure of occupational health services
  • The most important risk factors for illness and injuries at workplaces globally
  • The major occupational diseases
  • The different steps in risk assessment at the workplace
  • The association between workplace exposure and health effects
  • And the main steps in preventing exposure to health hazards in the work environment.


  • Bente Elisabeth Moen: She is Professor in Occupational Medicine and International Health. Main interest: Occupational Health in developing countries; mostly chemical hazards, dust and respiratory health as well as shift work.
  • Gro Tjalvin: She is Physician/specialist in occupational medicine at the University hospital and Ph.D. candidate at Occupational and environmental medicine. Interests include health effects due to adverse work conditions.
  • Magne Bråtveit: He is Professor, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Bergen. My main work is on exposure assessment of chemical and physical hazards, including several industries in developing countries.
  • Ole Jacob Møllerløkken: He is the Associate professor and group leader at the Research Group for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Bergen. Physician in occupational medicine at the University hospital.

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This course is open to anyone, although the previous degree-level study in medicine, dentistry, health sciences or natural sciences, and a good knowledge of English, will be helpful.

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  • Through this course, you will be able to understand the interaction between the actors within occupational health, including employers, employees, health and safety personnel, occupational health services, occupational health clinics and the Labor Inspection.
  • Your Certificate provides a detailed transcript of what you’ve learned. This includes how long you spent studying the course and your average test score. The Certificate and transcript give you evidence to show during job or university applications, or appraisals.

Detailed Information

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