Fall 2020

September 14 to December 6, 2020

WHDM 102: The Workplace & Workplace Health Sciences (3 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to explore the field of workplace health sciences and to provide an understanding of the interaction between work, the workplace, workers and society at large in creating an environment in which the health and safety, work capacity and well-being of people in the workplace is enhanced, maintained, supported or diminished. Issues that determine how workplace health is managed, contributing factors, and the role of stakeholders will be explored. The emergence of health and safety, disability management and wellness programs in the workplace will also be examined.

WHDM 103: The Body at Work (3 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to develop applied knowledge of physiological, biomechanical and psychomotor behaviour principles as they apply to work. This course provides a multidisciplinary introduction to physiological systems from the standpoint of the work context. The students will situate their learning about the body at work in different work situations. It provides a direct applied focus so students can tie their knowledge to supporting employee health in the workplace. The course will explore the interaction between work and physical health and well-being, and the effectiveness of workplace strategies developed to maintain worker health and capacity and to respond to problems.

WHDM 201: Introduction to Disability Management (1.5 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the field of disability management and an understanding of program development and administration; an examination of the return-to-work process, including service coordination, and accommodation planning and implementation; and an awareness of alternative employment planning when a worker cannot return to his or her former workplace.

WHDM 202: Introduction to Health & Safety (1.5 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of the field of occupational health, including the major components of an occupational health and safety program and management system. Processes related to identifying, measuring and mitigating risks to health and safety will be explored.

WHDM 212: Introduction to Professional Ethics (3 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation of professional ethics as part of preparation for practicums in the workplace. This is an introduction to professional ethics and a philosophical treatment of ethical principles and ethical theories. The course also looks at the development of applied ethics in contemporary fields, like social work, medicine and healthcare, bioethics, disability management, and human resources. All material is grounded in exercises, initially within the context of reasoning, ethical theory and decision-making and later with more specificity with respect to the field of disability management.

WHDM 307: Mental Health Conditions & Work Retention (3 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of adverse mental health conditions in general, and from a workplace perspective. Students will examine the concept of mental illness and explore common mental health impairments, including their impact on the workplace, potential treatments, and strategies for retention and return to work.

WHDM 312: Management Skills for Workplace Health Sciences (3 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to examine the role of a manager, the management environment, and the skills and knowledge required to perform management functions. Students will also explore the application of management functions to workplace programs, including return to work, occupational health and safety and wellness programs.

WHDM 404: Economics of Workplace Health (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the application of economics concepts to workplace health initiatives. Students will consider the costs and benefits to individuals, organizations, and society (as represented by governments, and quasi-governmental agencies) when occupational health and safety programs, disability management programs and wellness programs are in place or are improved.

WHDM 407: Conflict Resolution & Negotiation in the Workplace (3 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with tools to negotiate differences in the workplace and resolve conflicts on an individual and an organizational level.

October 26 to December 6, 2020

WHDM 204: Introduction to Human Resources (1.5 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the human resources functions within an organization, and how these functions interface with and relate to the maintenance of the health and safety, work capacity, and well-being of people in the workplace.

WHDM 205: Introduction to Workplace Wellness Programs (1.5 Credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to health promotion and workplace wellness, within the context of population health. The course addresses population health determinants with a particular emphasis on employment and employment-related factors. Students will learn about theories related to individual health behaviours, and the role of workplace wellness and culture as factors influencing the physical and mental health of workers. Considerations that influence decisions about program components and their evaluation will be discussed.