The University of Turin, Italy, in partnership with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), the International Labour Office (ILO) and the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH) is offering a Master in Occupational Safety and Health. This one-year Master, conducted in English, includes an internet-based distance learning phase and a face-to-face residential phase at the ITCILO campus in Turin, followed by another distance phase for the preparation of the dissertation. The proposed Master combines the advantages of both sound academic input and the international training experience of the organizing partners. An international approach has been applied to the contents, methodology development and composition of the training team. This Master involves participants from both developing and developed countries, who will have opportunity to share their different experiences. It also comprises a range of learning situations in which participants can enhance their analytical and problem-solving skills.
Learn by doing, through case studies, workshops, and group exercises
Exchange ideas with international students and faculty
Engage with experts from the ILO and other international organizations
Public and private sector organizations throughout the world are increasingly concerned with improving occupational safety and health (OSH). In both developed and developing countries, the rapid pace of technological change, combined with the persistence of unsafe or environmentally hazardous working conditions, has served to focus attention on the need to create safe, healthy working environments and promote a new safety culture in the workplace. Organizations are increasingly seeking OSH professionals who can catalyse these processes, and it is not always easy to find professionals with the right skills. Becoming a safety and health professional requires multidisciplinary training. The OSH profession calls for a broad-based educational background, including specialized knowledge of the physical sciences (medicine, physics, chemistry and engineering) and social sciences (behaviour, motivation and communication), together with an understanding of the principles and concepts of management. Accordingly, the University of Turin, Italy, in partnership with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), the International Labour Office (ILO) and the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH), is offering a Master in Occupational Safety and Health. This one-year Master, to be held in English, includes an Internet-based distance-learning phase, a face-to-face residential period on the ITCILO's campus in Turin, and another distance-learning phase for the preparation of the dissertation. The proposed Master combines the advantages of the academic experience and the international training experience of the organizing partners in the field of OSH. An international approach has been applied to the content and methodology, as well as the composition of the training team. This Master involves participants from both developing and developed countries, who will thus have an opportunity to share their different experiences. It also features a range of learning situations in which participants can enhance their analytical and problem-solving skills.
The Master has been specifically designed for hygienists, physicians, chemists, engineers, inspectors, practitioners and officers, with a university degree but without a previous specialization in OSH, who are working, or wish to work, as OSH specialists.
In the online phase, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals and basic concepts of the OSH through the following eight modules:
In the residential phase, the contents are split into the following 11 modules:
The Master will have three phases, one consisting of 18 weeks of online distance learning, another consisting of 11 weeks of residential training at the ITCILO campus in Turin, Italy and another distance phase of 27 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.
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 (450 hours).
This phase will include classroom training, study visits to selected enterprises and related training sessions (350 hours), and 100 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.
3rd Phase: Preparation of Master dissertation (500 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 2021.
In case of an emergency situation or of force majeure, the ITCILO, upon agreement with the other partner institutions, might decide to reconvert the residential phase of the Master into online lessons and exams.
Facilitate the knowledge and skills required for dealing effectively with safety and health management.
At the end of the Master, participants will be able to:
The proposed Master 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 Master 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.
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.
Read the entire description of the Master to be sure that this is the type of the Master that is needed and to make sure that you match the participants' profile and can fulfill the participation's requirements. There are four important requirements:
Discuss with your organization or identify another sponsor that could financially support your participation in the Master.
Apply to the Master before the deadline for applications using the online application here.
Please fill in all the required fields in the application form. Please do not forget to send us an a signed written communication from your sponsoring institution (or from yourself in case of self-financing), with an indication of how your participation and travel costs will be met.
In the first part of June you will be informed on the outcome of the selection, your preselection or not to participate in the Master. You will be asked to confirm your interest in participating.
We will ask you to prepare and send some documents that are required for the enrollment and MATRICULATION in the University of Turin. These documents must be presented before September (i.e before the beginning of the Master). Please note that this step could take months so it is recommended to start the procedures of validation, translation and requests to the Italian consulate as soon as possible.
The payment should be made in advance (before the beginning of the Master in September) by bank transfer to:
International Training Centre of the ILO
Account No. 1 0000 0560 002
Bank: Intesa Sanpaolo SpA
Branch No. 523
Branch Address: Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10 - 10127 Turin, Italy
IBAN: IT96 G 03069 09214 100000560002
Once the payment has been done and the required documents have been presented, we will proceed to enroll you at the University of Turin.
Once the payment has been done and the required documents presented, ILO Turin Centre would send to you a letter for supporting your visa application to the Italian Consulate in your country for the residential phase of the Master in Turin, Italy.
Prof. Enrico Pira, Professor, University of Turin, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Department of Sciences of Public Health and Pediatrics
Prof. Alessandro Massé, Associate Professor, University of Turin, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Department of Surgical Sciences
Prof. Giuseppe Massazza, Associate Professor, University of Turin, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Department of Surgical Sciences
Prof. Mario Patrucco, former Professor, Polytechnic University of Turin, Department of Environment, Land and Infrastructure Engineering, ITCILO consultant
Mr. Giuseppe Casale, Deputy Director, International Training Centre of the ILO
Mr. Félix Martín Daza, Senior Programme Officer, Social Protection Programme, International Training Centre of the ILO
The teaching team will be selected for its professional experience and subject knowledge. It will consist of academic resource persons and OSH practitioners:
The evaluation strategy uses different types of assessment.
Self-assessment. Participants will be given tools to check their own level of knowledge and produce feedback on their learning progress.
Assessment. Systematic assignments and exams will assess the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the Master. Participants should complete and submit the compulsory assignments and exams for each module, and get the review and approval of the tutor before the prescribed deadlines. The dissertation should be approved by the scientific committee.
Monitoring and evaluation of the Master. Continuous monitoring of the Master will be undertaken by the activity manager, including participants' opinions, will indicate any necessary corrective measures to be taken. At the end of the Master, participants will express their opinions about the Master topics, activities, administration and organization in a final evaluation form.
A diploma of First Level Master in Occupational Safety and Health and a transcript (60 certified university credits) will be awarded from the University of Turin to those participants who fulfill all following conditions:
What is this Master in occupational safety and health?
According to the Italian University System, there are two types of Masters: 1st level master and 2nd level master.
The only difference between them is the minimum educational background and academic qualification requirements to be enrolled in these masters: to be enrolled on a 1st level Master's, the minimum requirement is a bachelor degree (3 years); while for a 2nd level Master, the minimum requirement is a post-graduate degree (3 + 2 years).
Therefore, pursuing our 1st level Master in Occupational Safety and Health, a first level master diploma will be awarded.
Does this Master in occupational safety and health give access to PhD or to any other 3rd cycle programme?
The qualification awarded in this master (First level Master in occupational safety and health) does not give access to PhD programmes or to any other 3rd cycle programme, since this type of Master does not belong to the general requirement established at the national level, but it is offered under the autonomous responsibility of the University of Turin.
Could this Master in occupational safety and health be followed only at a distance?
No, this Master includes a residential phase of 11 weeks. Attendance to this residential phase is compulsory.
What happens if I do not complete the dissertation of the Master in occupational safety and health on time?
You will receive a certificate of attendance of the distance learning phase and the residential phase (if this is the case) of the Master. If you want to obtain the diploma, you have to apply again to a new edition of the Master, be selected and pay a reduced tuition fee and complete the dissertation of Master in occupational safety and health in time.
During the 11 week residential part in Turin, is it compulsory to take the accommodation and subsistence package in the campus of the ILO Turin Centre?
No, you can decide to stay outside the ITCILO campus. However, we would recommend to look for a place not far from the campus because the training lessons start at 8.30 AM everyday (some days in which study visits are scheduled you may be required to be at the campus at 7.30).
The cost of accommodation during the residential phase of 11 weeks in our facilities is 4,235 euros, booked and payable in advance by the participant or his/her sponsoring organization. The accommodation includes a single bedroom, a weekly subsidy for the laundry service and breakfast on the ITCILO Campus during the residential phase. The campus facilities also include a restaurant, canteen and cafeteria services for the participants and the Centre's staff, where you may have lunch and dinner and pay directly to these services when you use them.
Before you apply for this Master, please make sure that you match the participants' profile and fulfill the participation's requirements.
Important: the application form must be filled and submitted on-line here.
Additionally to the application form, ITCILO should receive (attached in the application form, by fax or by e-mail) a signed written communication of the sponsor indicating its agreement to finance the costs of participation of the candidate in the Master. In case a candidate self-finances his/her participation, please send a signed written communication indicating it.
The selection of participants for this Master will be made by a selection committee consisting of ITCILO and Turin University representatives. The selection committee shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate, under conditions of equality, in the Master.
The selection criteria will include academic and professional qualifications, experience, organization of origin, country of origin, and gender balance.
The Master will not take place with fewer than 18 participants. The maximum number of participants will be 35.
The following are essential for admission to this Master:
For the distance learning phase, you will need:
Social Protection, Governance and Tripartism Programme
The Social Protection, Governance and Tripartism Programme promotes the ILO strategic objective of enhancing the coverage and effectiveness of social protection for all through capacity-building. It offers different training programmes on:
The OSH training courses (both in Turin and in beneficiary countries) for institutional representatives are mainly on:
International Training Center of the ILO
In 1965, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Italian Government established the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO) in Turin, Italy. The Centre is committed to assisting countries with their social development. Through learning and training, the Centre develops human resources and institutional capacity in pursuit of the ILO's primary goal of decent work for all men and women.
To assist countries with their social and economic development, besides training proper, the Centre provides technical support and advisory services. It assembles, packages and disseminates the best thinking and practice concerning the world of work from the ILO and elsewhere.
Over the years, more that 200,000 participants from 185 countries have received training in one of the following areas:
The Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, through its Department of Traumatology, Orthopaedics and Occupational Medicine, is collaborating with the ITCILO on a postgraduate Master on occupational health and safety in the workplace. In addition to this, its international dimension involves research projects, cooperation agreements and joint training programmes with other national and international organizations.
The University of Turin and the ITCILO have experience of joint activities. They are currently running 7 Masters together.
University of Turin
Department of Traumatology, Orthopaedics and Occupational Medicine
Via Zuretti, 29 10126 Turin, Italy
You can find more information at: https://www.unito.it/
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