Two completely new and unique courses in OHS and EHF: Work and Health and Heathy Workplace Design


The Centre for Ergonomics, Occupational Health and Safety in the School of Public Health has introduced two completely new and unique courses, as part of the new major in occupational health and safety (OHS) and minor in Ergonomics/Human Factors (EHF) in the Bachelor of Health Science (BHlthSci). They are:

  • 251.100: Work and Health
  • 128.200: Healthy Workplace Design

The course 251.100: Work and Health explores the meaning of work, positive and negative aspects of work, good work, ergonomics/human factors, creating healthy workplaces, well-being and workplace system performance, technology and work, OHS management in organisations and the history and development of OHS legislation. Assessment focuses on work and health in praxis – practical application in a workplace. The course is offered internally in Wellington and in Distance mode.

The course 128.200: Healthy Workplace Design provides a brief introduction to Ergonomics and Human Factors and shows how its’ people-centred analytical approach to complex system design underpins the World Health Organisation’s Framework Model for Action for Healthy Workplaces and some recent Accident Compensation Corporation Guidelines (e.g. Prevention of discomfort pain and injury (DPI); Working with computers; Moving and Handling People). Assessment involves real-world application of the taught material in a small healthcare organisation. The course is offered internally in Wellington and in Distance mode.


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