Common occupational health courses offered by colleges and universities include training in safety and health standards, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, health hazard identification, and hazardous materials and waste management. Students are also typically required to take courses in engineering, biology and chemistry when enrolled in an occupational health program.
College courses in occupational health also include classes that explore environmental and health connections, environmental health in the media, an introduction to environmental health, and toxic chemicals and human health. Students focused on environmental health and occupational health may also be required to take a technical writing course that explores jargon and vocabulary used in environmental health agencies.
Occupational health courses may include topics on water, wastewater and health; food protection; antibiotic resistant bacteria and genes; solid waste management and zoonotic diseases. Students enrolled in an occupational health program also explore topics on environmental change and infectious disease, community air pollution, microbiological hazards and industrial hygiene. An occupational safety management course is required in most degree programs in addition to courses on the technical aspects of occupational safety. Students interested in a career in occupational health are commonly encouraged to complete an internship in private business, public agencies or government settings.