University of Nebraska Medical Center

Agricultural Health and Safety Course Strives to Reduce the Burden of Ag Illness and Injury

Education Highlight – From agricultural aerosols to zoonotic diseases, the COPH Agricultural Health and Safety Course (ENV 902/CPH619) presents topics that cover the extensive health and safety risks faced by agricultural workers. This 3-credit course will be held July 12-15, 2016 during the second five-week summer session, with continuing education credits offered.  The course curriculum is designed for public health and health professions students, health care providers, safety professionals, and others concerned with reducing injury and illness in agricultural workers.  In addition to classroom learning, students will attend a  farm tour and complete four online modules. This course is supported by the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health. Course topics covered include:

    • Agriculture 101
    • Agricultural Respiratory Diseases
    • Zoonotic Diseases
    • Health Effects of Agricultural Pesticides
    • Veterinary Pharmaceuticals, Biologicals, and Antibiotics
    • Behavioral Health Issues in the Farming Community
    • Agricultural Skin Diseases
    • Musculoskeletal Diseases and Ergonomics in Agriculture
    • Skin Cancer and Precancerous Lesions
    • Innovations in Rural Health Practices
    • Migrant and Immigrant Health
    • Agricultural Trauma
    • General Environmental Hazards in Agriculture
    • AgrAbility
    • Prevention of Agricultural Injuries and Illnesses
    • Personal Protective Equipment Overview/Selection/Respiratory Protection/Fit Testing
    • Innovations in Personal Protective Equipment
    • Integration of Agricultural Occupational Health Care into an Established Health Care Organization
    • Resources for Rural Health Professionals
    • Farm Tour – Hazard Recognition and Noise Dosimetry
    • Physical Factors Affecting Health in Agriculture
    • Cancer in Agricultural Populations
    • Special Populations in Agriculture
    • Hearing Loss Prevention Among Agricultural Workers

COPH students can enroll via MyRecords. Other participants can enroll through the UNMC Continuing Education website.

For more information please contact Course Directors: Aaron Yoder (aaron.yoder@unmc.edu) or Ellen Duysen (ellen.duysen@unmc.edu) .

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