CB399 Public Health 101: Introduction to Occupational Health and Injuries Fall 2015

Public Health 101: Introduction to Occupational Health and Injuries -- Perspectives on your health from injury epidemiology, psychology, biomechanics and chronobiology.


Course Instructors: Morteza Asgarzadeh, PhD, MPH, MS (Built Environment); Dorothee Fischer, Dipl. Psych., PhD (Chronobiology); Philippe C. Dixon, MSc, DPhil (Biomechanics); Jin Lee, PhD (Occupational Health Psychology)
Course Director: Eric Rubin, MD, PhD

Curriculum Fellow: Bradley Coleman, PhD (bradley_coleman@hms.harvard.edu)


Day 1 interest form: https://goo.gl/YjD2GP


This course is an introduction to diverse fields of Public Health, ranging from biomechanics via social psychology and built environment to circadian rhythms and sleep. At the end of the course, you will be able to explain how body clocks relate to chronic diseases, understand the biomechanics and pathology of gaits, identify injury prevention methods, and apply behavioral strategies to improve health and safety. In Session 1, we will address the following subsections:

Injury epidemiology and built environment

Understanding how built environments contribute to health, by influencing lifestyle choices, behaviors, perceptions, or events including injuries, is a major field of Public Health. You will learn about risk factors related to bicycle and motor vehicle crashes, and how this research influences existing regulations and policy-making.

Biomechanics: How understanding human movement can improve health

This section will introduce you to the field of biomechanics and its applications to health and injury. You will learn basic biomechanics principles related to ergonomics, walking, and falls research. During this section, we will also explore how to analyze human motion in both clinical and workplace settings.  

Chronobiology and Health

In this part, you will be introduced to body clocks and how they regulate internal processes of physiology, behavior and cognition. We will illustrate how industrialized life and work styles can interfere with circadian rhythms highlighting consequences for health and safety, and possible solutions.

Occupational Health Psychology

This section aims to provide an overview on how psychological principles of human behavior can be applied to improve safety and health. We will introduce various approaches to manage different levels of safety/health behavior using examples such as stress/burnout and musculoskeletal disorder.


In Session 2 we will work together to perform a hands-on occupational risk/hazard analysis of an actual workplace scenario. This analysis will be based on the Haddon matrix and will consider biomechanics, chronobiology, the built environment and psychology. 



First Session: Tuesday November 17th (1-4PM)
Location: New Research Building, Room 350 

Second Session (required for academic credit): Thursday, November 19th (1-4PM)
Location: TMEC Building, Room 328


AUDITORS (Post-Docs, Faculty, or Staff) PLEASE SIGN THE INTEREST FORM TO ATTEND THE 1st SESSION. https://goo.gl/YjD2GP