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Study occupational health abroad

An in-depth guide to studying occupational health as an international student.

Occupational health degrees abroad

Occupational health is a branch of healthcare that’s concerned with the safety and wellbeing of employees in the workplace. You’ll graduate with the skills needed to anticipate and prevent hazards in professional settings.

As an occupational health student, you’ll develop an understanding of biological, chemical, physical, and psychological hazards, and learn how to implement effective safeguarding strategies. You’ll get to grips with the legislation surrounding employee welfare, and consider the professional and ethical responsibilities of employers.

Working conditions vary dramatically across the world. By earning your degree abroad, you’ll appreciate the challenges faced by employees and employers in different countries, and gain a global perspective of 21st-century workplaces.

Occupational health program structure

You can study occupational health at various undergraduate and graduate levels. One-year certificate programs and two-year associate degrees provide comprehensive groundings in the field. They also offer a useful route into entry-level employment or further study.

Bachelor’s degrees are broader and more in-depth programs of study. They’re studied over a minimum of three years, or four years if you enroll at a US university. Taking your BSc in the US means you’ll study liberal arts modules alongside your occupational health major.

Master’s degrees in occupational health are usually studied full-time over one year, or part-time over two. Entry requirements differ between universities but, as a general rule, you’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree in a related field.

If you’re interested in conducting an original research project, you might consider studying a PhD or MPhil. Course length varies from student to student, but they usually take between four and seven years to finish.

You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and workplace visits. To gain hands-on experience, you might be required to undertake a professional placement as part of your course too.

You’ll take a mixture of theoretical and practical modules in the following core areas:

  • Principles and practices of occupational health practice
  • Occupational health management
  • Workplace health-risk management
  • Health surveillance
  • Workplace health promotion
  • Mental wellbeing in the workplace
  • Absence management
  • Occupational ergonomics

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Occupational health study abroad programs

Occupational health undergraduate programs

Associate in occupational health

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    Occupational Therapy Assistant - AASc Fox Valley Technical College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,600 USD
    Start date
    August, January
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    Occupational Therapy Assistant - ASc Goodwin University, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,888 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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Bachelor's in occupational health

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    Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety - BES University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    34 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Occupational Therapy - BSc (Hons) Ulster University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,480 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Occupational Therapy - BSc (Hons) University of the West of England - UWE Bristol, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,000 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Occupational Therapy - BSc (Hons) Bournemouth University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,750 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Occupational Health and Safety - BOccHealth Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,880 AUD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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Diploma in occupational health

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    Occupational Health and Safety - UGDip Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    20,625 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Occupational health graduate programs

Master's in occupational health

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    Environmental and Occupational Health - MPhil University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,000 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Occupational Therapy - MSc University of Limerick, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    12,500 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    Occupational Health and Safety Management - MSc University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    8,300 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Occupational Therapy - MSc Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    90,000 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) - MSc Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,120 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in occupational health

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    Occupational Therapy - DOT Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    6 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,000 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Future occupational health careers

All employers have a legal and moral duty to protect their employees, so occupational health graduates secure important positions across countless industries and sectors.

Your observational, analytical, and problem-solving skills will help you to safeguard individuals working in construction companies, government departments, healthcare services, manufacturing firms, and more. Here are some of the roles you’d be best suited to:

  • Occupational health nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Health improvement practitioner
  • Psychological wellbeing practitioner
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Ergonomist
  • Environmental protection officer
  • Care manager

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