Strategies for Health Protection, Disease Prevention and Re-integration into Work
Full course description
Insight in the determinants of labor participation, as covered in WHC4001, is the basis for choosing effective strategies in tackling potential threats to workers' health and wellbeing, foster labor participation and as such promote sustainable work. Building on this information, this module aims to teach howto select and develop strategies to
- protect employee health (general and selective prevention);
- promote employee health and wellbeing and prevent diseases (indicated prevention and early intervention);
- support workers with a chronic illness and return to work (tertiary prevention)
This transdisciplinary module is structured around strategies that vary in terms of levels in terms of and types of prevention (macro, organizational, individual). Students learn about the different strategies by an integrated mix of tutorials, skills trainingsessions and lectures. Examination consists of presentations, an individual portfolio and individual examination with essay questions. The longitudinal trajectories ‘ICF trajectory’ and ‘EBOH trajectory’, that have been started inWHC4001 are continued during this module; the ‘communication and intervention skills trajectory’ is added.
The module aims at requiring knowledge about the different strategies that are available to protect and promote employee health and support return to work at macro, meso and micro level. Further students learn how to select the best strategy on the basis of scientific evidence and communication with those involved. Students are trained to communicate in the multidisciplinary work settings that characterize the field of work, health and career and in practical use of the ICF-model. The topic of work-life(-study) balance is applied to their own situation.
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