The University of Turin, Italy, in partnership with the International Training Centre (ITC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO), is offering this First Level Master in Occupational Safety and Health. This one-year program includes an online distance learning phase, a face-to-face residential period on the ITC/ILO's campus in Turin followed by another distance phase for the preparation of the dissertation.
The proposed program combines the advantages of the academic experience of Turin University with the ITC/ILO's international training experience. An international approach has been applied to the contents, the methodology development as well as to the composition of the training team.
This Master's program is aimed at 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.
The master's program 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 learning phase of 21 weeks for the preparation of the dissertation.
1st Phase: Preparatory online distance learning (550 hours).
Participants will have access to an online 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 center, and network.
Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals and basic concepts of the OSH through the following eight modules:
Module A1: Introduction to the occupational safety and health.
Module A2: Occupational Safety.
Module A3: Occupational Hygiene.
Module A4: Occupational Medicine.
Module A5: Occupational Psychosociology and Ergonomics.
Module A6: Organization of OSH at the national level.
Module A7: Participatory approaches for the improvement of the working conditions
Module A8: Organization of OSH at the enterprise level.
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 (550 hours).
This phase will include classroom training (315 hours), study visits to selected enterprises and related training sessions (125 hours), and 110 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.
The contents are split into 11 topics (one for each week). The modules in this phase are:
Module 1: Safety techniques.
Module 2: Management competencies.
Module 3: Major hazard control.
Module 4: OSH management systems.
Module 5: Physical agents.
Module 6: Occupational hygiene techniques.
Module 7: Occupational toxicology and medicine.
Module 8: Ergonomics.
Module 9: Psychosocial factors & health promotion.
Module 10: Teaching skills.
Module 11: Organization and management
3rd Phase: Preparation of Master's thesis (400 hours).
Participants will work individually in their country for the preparation of their Master's thesis, assisted at a distance by tutors and professors with OSH expertise.
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 an 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.
A first level Master from the University of Turin (60 certified university credits) will be awarded to those participants who fulfill all following conditions:
- satisfy the administrative and documentary requirements of the University of Turin;
- satisfy the attendance requirements. (Attendance at all training sessions during the residential phase is compulsory. Only participants with at least 95% attendance of training sessions will be entitled to apply for the diploma);
- submit the assignments within the set deadline;
- pass the prescribed examinations demonstrating the level of competence required by the scientific committee.
The cost of participation is Euro 8.500, payable in advance by the participant or his/her sponsoring organization. It includes:
- tuition fees,
- training materials and books,
- transport during the study visits,
- use of training facilities and support services.
Accommodation and international and local transport for the period in Turin are not included in the cost of participation.