Continuing Education: Integrated Health & Safety Management

Background and Purpose

As a component of continued competence, OH&S, Human Resources, Disability Management, Nursing, and Allied Health practitioners are required to participate in ongoing education and to provide proof of successful completion of those courses. To address this need, the University of Fredericton is offering a series of online continuing education opportunities that include a competence component and a certificate of completion.

What does a CE student look like?

The Continuing Education (CE) Modules have been designed for:

  • OH&S, Occupational Health
  • Human Resources
  • Disability Management
  • Nursing
  • Allied Health
  • Legal
  • Insurance
  • Business Management Practitioners

The Online Experience

The online CE Modules are offered entirely through web-based interactive instruction. This delivery method provides the learner with a quality educational experience that appeals to a wide range of learning styles. Here are some additional benefits to online learning:

Students can expect

  • An online campus that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can access your learning at your convenience from home, office or any other location that has an Internet-connected computer.
  • An open registration format that frees you from traditional academic calendar schedules, giving you the freedom to learn when it best suits your schedule.
  • Substantial savings realized by sponsoring agents through low training costs, reductions in training time, elimination of travel requirements, plus improvement in staff retention and productivity.
  • Everything you need to accomplish the learning objectives, provided via internet delivery.

Your Career: Keep It Current

The CE modules have been designed for individuals who have responsibility for managing and supporting workplace health, safety and well-being within their organization. The CE Modules will equip participants with the intellectual and practical skills needed to contribute widely to their organizations’ goals including identifying, prioritizing, and managing workplace risks.

The content, which was designed and approved by senior practitioners, focuses on providing generic process skills, and is not tied to any particular regulatory or jurisdictional framework. Graduates will acquire skills that transfer seamlessly from one location another, and from industry to industry.

The CE Modules will be of interest to a wide range of learners, from management to labour representatives, joint safety and health committee members, practicing safety coordinators, occupational health nurses, ergonomic specialists, government inspectors, actuarial professionals, workers’ compensation strategists, insurers, lawyers, allied health care practitioners, and industrial leaders interested in human capital development. The generic nature of the program will appeal to Canadian, as well as international audiences.

Program Overview

The CE Modules are delivered entirely online and use an independent study methodology allowing learners to undertake them at any time. The CE Module topics include:

CE 001 – DMP: Basic Medical Terminology & Pharmacology

The intent of this CE Module is to provide the learner with the basic medical terminology and pharmacology as it applies to the field of Disability Management. It addresses the basic rules used to define and build medical terms, as well as explains the surgical, diagnostic and pathological prefixes and suffixes. The terms related to direction, planes, quadrants and regions of the body, and the various body systems are presented. As a result of this learning experience, the participant will recognize the various medical specialties and their functions.

CE 002 – IWHM: Health Promotion vs Health Protection vs Illness/injury Prevention

Upon completion of this CE Module, the learner will possess a general understanding of the terms health promotion, health protection, and disease management (illness/injury prevention). The types of health promotion, health protection, and illness/injury prevention programs evident in today’s workplaces will be explored and their respective value to organizations demonstrated. This will be the first module in a series of 14 CE modules designed to assist the participant to “sell” organizational leaders on IWHM through the development of a business case, on the value of an integrated approach towards health promotion, health protection, and illness/injury prevention programs.

CE 003 – IWHM: Factors that Impact Workplace Health, Safety and Well-being

This CE Module offers the learner a general understanding of the factors that impact workplace health, safety and well-being. Factors like environmental, social, economic, genetic, psychological, and personal lifestyle. The ways that organizations can address the negative impacts of each of these factors are presented, as well as how to effectively communicate through risk communication techniques, the cost of doing nothing. This is the second module in the series of 14 CE modules designed to assist the participant to “sell” organizational leaders on IWHM through the development of a business case, on the value of an integrated approach towards health promotion, health protection and illness/injury prevention programs.

CE 004 – IWHM: Impact of Change on Workplace Health, Safety and Well-being

Change has a major impact on human beings, and of course, on organizations. In this CE Module, the impact of change on workplace health, safety and well-being are addressed. Factors like changes in employee demographics, the economy, social trends, social events, and politics can positively or negatively impact employee health, safety and well-being. The significance of these changes are examined. This is the third module in the series of 14 CE modules designed to assist the participant to “sell” organizational leaders on IWHM through the development of a business case, on the value of an integrated approach towards health promotion, health protection and illness/injury prevention programs.

CE 005 – IWHM: Drivers for Workplace Health, Safety and Well-being

In Canada, there are a number of drivers for workplace health, safety and well-being. In this CE Module, these legal, financial, business, and societal drivers and their significance are explored. In essence, it provides the current scene for needing workplace health, safety and well-being in Canadian organizations. The intent is to position the participant to be able to fully explain to organizational leaders the rationale for implementing an integrated approach towards health promotion, health protection and illness/injury prevention programs (IWHM).

CE 006 – IWHM: Impact of Leadership and Culture on Workplace Health, Safety and Well-being

Leaders are individuals that possess the ability to excite, stimulate and drive other people to work towards a vision, making it a reality. However, not all leaders understand and value workplace health, safety and well-being. This module is designed to address that fact and to help the participant to understand what effective leadership and culture look like and what they can offer in terms of workplace health, safety and well-being. By “selling” organizational leaders on the impact of leadership and culture on workplace health, safety and well-being, the intent is to help them appreciate the value of an integrated approach towards health promotion, health protection and illness/injury prevention programs (IWHM).

CE 007 – IWHM: Program Components and Functions

Integrated Workplace Health Management (IWHM) is defined as a management approach in which organizational resources are positioned in an integrated manner to promote workplace health, safety, and well-being for the employee and the organization. The components of the IWHM program are linked so that they can optimize their program effectiveness as well as support the functions of all the other IWHM components. The result is an enhanced approach to promote and manage workplace health, safety, and well-being. In this module, the IWHM concept is presented. The participant is shown how best to explain what IWHM means to organizational leaders, and to “sell” them on this concept. The intent is to help them appreciate the value of an integrated approach towards health promotion, health protection and illness/injury prevention programs (IWHM).

CE 008 – IWHM: Hazards in the Workplace

By identifying workplace hazards, the learner will gain a better understanding of the risks that exist and how those risks can be effectively managed. Hazard identification, hazard assessment, hazard control, and hazard management effectiveness are presented. The intent is to position the learner to be able to explain to organizational leaders the impact of failing to manage workplace hazards through the implementation and support of an integrated approach towards health promotion, health protection and illness/injury prevention programs (IWHM).

CE 009 – IWHM: Health Protection Programs: Components and Functions

The organization has a number of support programs in place: Human Resources Program, Absence Control Program, Occupational Health & Safety Program, Employee Assistance Program, Disability Management Program, and Workplace Wellness Program. In this CE Module, their components and functions from a health protection standpoint are explained in terms of workplace hazards. This will enable the learner to be able to explain to organizational leaders the value of health protection programs from a risk communication perspective. In essence, to build the basis for having an IWHM Program in place.

CE 010 – IWHM: Illness & Injury Management Programs: Components and Functions

The occurrence of illness and injury tend to be part of any workplace. In this CE Module, the learner will gain a general understanding of the workplace illness and injury management programs commonly present in Canadian workplaces. These programs tend to be part of the health protection programs as described in CE 009; but their components and functions differ. This fact is pointed out to the learner so that the participant can explain to organizational leaders the value of illness and injury management programs from a risk communication perspective. In essence, it enables the learner to build a basis for having an IWHM Program in place.

CE 011 – IWHM: Impact of Work-Life Balance on Workplace Health, Safety and Well-being

Work-life imbalance, interference, and conflict are explained in terms of what they are and their negative impact on employees and the organization. The concept of work-life balance is presented, along with effective ways for re-establishing work-life balance. Through the use of this pertinent information, the participant is positioned to explain to organizational leaders some effective ways to promote and nurture work-life balance in their workplace. Again, through risk communication, leaders can be assisted to make an informed decision on how to effectively address workplace health, safety and well-being.

CE 012 – IWHM: Building a Business Case

This CE Module is the culmination of CE Modules 2 to 11. It explains how to build a business case by using the materials pulled together in CE Modules 2 to 11. This module also provides a number of application tools as well as how the learner can actually go about delivering a business case to organizational leaders.

CE 013 – IWHM: Role of the Various Stakeholders

For any IWHM Program to work, it requires involvement of a number of stakeholders. As with any program, role clarity is essential; it is part of the program structure. This CE Module is intended to provide the learner with an understanding of the roles, responsibilities and functions of these various stakeholders – internal and external to the organization. The purpose is to demonstrate how these stakeholders can collaboratively work together to make the IWHM Program highly effective.

CE 014 – IWHM: Toxic Work Environments: How to Neutralize Them

In this CE Module, the toxic workplace concept is presented as well as how to neutralize the negative impact of such a dysfunctional workplace. The terms, performance and performance improvement will be discussed, along with how organizational stressors can be identified and measured. In learning about the impacts of the toxic workplace on the employee and organization, the learner is positioned to provide organizational learners with effective ways to counter organizational stressors and to improve the workplace.

CE 015 – IWHM: National Standard on Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace

In January 2013, the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace was released in Canada. This voluntary standard was developed to help Canadian organizations to develop a holistic approach to employee psychological health and safety. In this CE Module, the learner will gain a general understanding of the Standard as well as how it can be applied in a workplace setting. Available community resources are also presented for participant use within the workplace – these are “takeaways”.

CE 016 – IWHM: Organization Behaviour and Workplace Health, Safety and Well-being

Organizations are as different as are individual people. They possess unique philosophies, values, cultures, management theories, structures, and business strategies. The field of Organizational Behaviour aims at providing insight into the functioning of organizations so that leaders can better understand how to achieve their desired business goals, objectives, and targets. In this CE Module, the learner will understand the basics of the field of Organizational Behaviour and the impact that an organization’s philosophy, values, culture, and management theories have on integrated workplace health management (IWHM).

CE 017 – DMP: Communication, Negotiation and Mediation

Upon completion of this CE Module, the Disability Management Practitioner will understand the importance of effective organizational communication, negotiation, and mediation techniques when dealing with disability management, and other workplace situations. The terms, communication, mediation and negotiation are explained. Topics like workplace conflict, conflict resolution, negotiation techniques, mediation, coaching, and mentoring are explored. Throughout the CE Module, the learner will have the opportunity to apply these skills.

CE 018 – Effective Business Communication

This CE Module addresses the techniques for, and importance of, effective communication in the workplace. Oral, written and non-verbal communication are explained, as well as how important it is to be an effective communicator in the workplace. Communication challenges as well as business communication techniques are presented. Throughout the CE Module, the learner will have the opportunity to apply these skills.

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of  each of the CE Modules (completion of the CE Module within 5 weeks and a mark of 70% on the Module quiz), the learner obtains a Certificate of Completion from the University of Fredericton.

Certificate in Integrated Workplace Health Management

For learners who successfully complete the fourteen (14) Integrated Workplace Health Management CE Modules, they can choose to apply for a Certificate in Integrated Health Management (CIHM). This entails the completion of three competency assessments each requiring a pass mark of 70%.

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