Master in Occupational safety and health

The University of Turin, Italy, in partnership with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO), the International Labour Office(ILO) and the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH) is offering a Master course in Occupational Safety and Health. This one-year programme, to be held in English, includes an Internet-based distance learning phase, a face-to-face residential period on the ITC/ILO's campus in Turin followed by another distance phase for the preparation of the dissertation. The proposed programme combines the advantages of the academic experience and the international training experience in OSH of the organizing partners. An international approach has been applied to the contents, the methodology development as well as to the composition of the training team. This programme involves participants from both developing and developed countries, who will thus have an opportunity to share their different experiences. Furthermore, it also offers a range of learning situations in which participants can enhance their analytical and problem solving skills.

Master in Occupational safety and health

Starting date: 12 September 2016


12 September 2016 - 30 September 2017


Master Information

Deadline for application: 31 May 2017

Starting date: 12 September 2016


12 September 2016 - 30 September 2017


Contents and methodology

The master course will have three phases, one consisting of 20 weeks online distance learning, another consisting of 11 weeks residential training at the ITC/ILO campus in Turin, Italy and another distance phase of 21 weeks for the preparation of the dissertation.

1st Phase: Preparatory Internet-based distance learning (550 hours)

This phase includes 370 hours for self-studying and exercises and 180 hours for preparing and submitting the assessments.

Participants will have access to an on-line platform through which they will learn in an individual way. They will receive support from tutors with expertise in the subject matter; participate in a forum, use the documentation centre, and network.

Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals and basic concepts of the OSH through the following eight modules:

  • Module A1: Introduction to the occupational safety and health.
  • Module A2: Occupational Safety.
  • Module A3: Occupational Hygiene.
  • Module A4: Occupational Medicine.
  • Module A5: Occupational Psychosociology and Ergonomics.
  • Module A6: National OSH Governance.
  • Module A7: Participatory approaches for the improvement of the working conditions. 
  • Module A8: Organization of OSH at the enterprise level.

This phase is preparatory. It will enable participants with different levels and fields of knowledge to reach an adequate and homogeneous level for taking advantage of the residential phase.

2nd Phase: Residential phase of Turin (550 hours).

This phase will include classroom training (315 hours), study visits to selected enterprises and related training sessions (125 hours), and 110 hours of assessment.

Instructors will use lectures, discussions, exercises and other interactive learning activities to strike a balance between theory and practice and to stimulate discussion among the participants and professors. A practical approach based on the analysis and resolution of OSH issues will be taken.

The contents are split into 11 topics (one for each week). The modules in this phase are:

  • Module 1: Safety techniques.
  • Module 2: Management competences.
  • Module 3: Major hazard control.
  • Module 4: OSH management systems.
  • Module 5: Physical agents.
  • Module 6: Occupational hygiene techniques.
  • Module 7: Occupational toxicology and medicine.
  • Module 8: Ergonomics and auditing.
  • Module 9: Psychosocial factors and health promotion.
  • Module 10: Teaching skills.
  • Module 11: Organization and management.

3rd Phase: Preparation of Master dissertation (400 hours)

Participants will work individually in their country for the preparation of their Master dissertation, assisted at distance by tutors and professors with OSH expertise.  

The outline of the final dissertation is to be presented in the last week of the residential part in Turin and is to be completed before the end of August 2018.

Study visits

Technical visits to industries and other productive sectors will provide the opportunity for discussing with professionals in OSH management in various environments. Training sessions will also provide additional detailed explanation of risks and preventive measures adopted in the 13 enterprises from different sectors visited.


Participants will receive follow-up documentation with which to expand their knowledge of the topics. A bibliography and links section will be incorporated into the virtual platform for the distance learning phase.

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