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 threatening working conditions, has served to focus attention on the need to create a safe, healthy working environment and to promote a new safety culture at the workplace. Organizations increasingly seek OSH professionals who can catalyse these processes, and it is not always easy to find professionals with the right skills.
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 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 ITCILO's campus in Turin followed by another distance phase for the preparation of the dissertation.
The first cycle will be conducted through a distance learning component that will start on 7 September 2020 and will end on 8 January 2021. The second cycle, from 11 January to 26 March 2021, is a face-to-face learning period that will be held on campus in Turin. Class attendance is compulsory for the entire period. The third cycle, consists of the preparation and submission of the thesis that has to completed before the end of August 2021.
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
The course has been specifically designed for hygienists, physicians, chemists, engineers, inspectors, practitioners and officers with a university degree but without previous specialization in OSH, who are working, or wish to work, as OSH specialists.
Becoming a safety and health professional requires multidisciplinary training. The OSH profession calls for a broad-based educational background combined with specialized knowledge in physical sciences (medicine, physics, chemistry and engineering) and social sciences (behaviour, motivation and communication) together with the principles and concepts of management.
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 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.
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 2020.
Facilitate the knowledge and skills required for dealing effectively with safety and health management.
At the end of the training programme, participants will be able to:
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.
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.
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, ITC ILO 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 programme. 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 programme. Continuous monitoring of the programme will be undertaken by the activity manager, including participants' opinions, will indicate any necessary corrective measures to be taken. At the end of the programme, participants will express their opinions about the course's 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: