ASU International Edition: Occupational Safety and Health in Latin America
Occupational Safety and Health in Latin America
K. Radon, L. Kurtz, P. Erazo, S. Lorenz, D. Nowak
CIHLMU, Institute and Outpatient Clinic for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, University Hospital Munich (LMU)
First experience with the Master programme International Occupational Safety and Health Latin America is currently undergoing an intense economical growth. Nevertheless, working conditions and workers health might still be improved in many sectors. In order to ensuresustainable development, this situation needs to be improved. Therefore, the training of international experts is essential who might act as regional occupational safety and health leaders. In order to reach this aim the Center for International Health of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, in close cooperation with partners from Europe and Latin America, has developed a 2-year blended learning Master program. This continuing education program is targeted at experts in occupational safety and health who are trained in a combination of onsite courses, project work and online modules. During the 1st year the course language is Spanish while the 2nd year is mainly taught in English. Combining theoretical and practical training, the closely supervised students learn to evaluate working conditions, assess risks and hazards and to plan workplace interventions. They are also trained in international project management, applied research, teaching skills and intercultural competence. After graduation they will be able to support international enterprises, governments, NGOs and universities as competent experts in the field. Up to now, 33 students from 11 Latin American countries started the Master program. The first cohort will graduate in April 2014. An English version of the Master is planned.
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