Effects of Work on Health and Fitness for Work

Course Type
Postgraduate, Module

Module Overview

This module covers the adverse impact that harmful exposures and practices at work may have on health. The skills of diagnosis and attribution of ill health to work and the application of evidence-based decisions to prevent ill health. Topics will include a systems exploration of disease and injury, focusing largely on classical occupational diseases and cross-linked to other modules on the MSc OH course. Health screening and surveillance will also be covered. The second half of the module examines the impact health and fitness may have on the capability of an individual for useful work and how evidence-based decisions may be made to strike the proper balance between safety and minimising restrictions on employability. Topics will include: setting task-related health and fitness standards for employment; adapting work to minimise health and fitness restrictions; applying task-related standards pre-employment, during employment and when determining if and when employment should be terminated because standards cannot be met; coping with an ageing population; rehabilitation.


20 credits

Module Attendance Required

2 block weeks of teaching

Module Dates

  • 23 – 27 January 
  • 6 – 10 February 


Two essays, one presentation

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

Jon Ayres and Malcolm Braithwaite