The Department of Biological, Environmental and Occupational Health Science of the School of Public Health, University of Ghana, in partnership with the University Of Michigan School of Public Health have organized a stakeholders meeting in Capacity Building in Environmental and Occupational Health and Medicine in Ghana.
Dr. A.B Quainoo, Occupational Health and Safety Consultant
Speaking at the meeting attended by various people in academia, representatives from the Ghana National Fire Service, faculty members from the School of Public Health amongst others, Dr. A.B Quainoo, an Occupational Health and Safety Consultant gave an overview of the curriculum content of the new MSc programmes being introduced. Dr. Quainoo noted that the courses had been structured to entail lectures, special seminars, field visits and practice, dissertation and a written examination in which candidates would need to obtain 39 credits to pass the course. He expressed the belief that an MSc of this nature is relevant because clinical services are not only inadequate but inappropriate, taking into consideration the safety and health conditions of workers.
Professor Tom Robins, University Of Michigan School Of Public Health
Professor Tom Robins, from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, together with his colleagues who fostered the partnership with the University of Ghana, expressed his excitement at the institution of the course and hoped for a transparent co-equal partnership.
Dr. Julius Fobil, Head of the Department of Biological, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
The Head of the Department of Biological, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Dr. Julius Fobil, was pleased that the programmes had been instituted in the school and thanked all those who gave their support and worked towards the institution of the new MSc programmes.
Prof. Richard Adanu, Dean of the School of Public Health
Earlier, the Dean of the School of Public Health, Prof. Richard Adanu welcomed participants to the meeting. As part of the meeting, presentations were made on sample courses and contents of the new programme.
The two new programmes introduced are Master of Science in Occupational Hygiene (M.Sc. Occ.Hyg.) and Master of Science in Occupational Medicine. Both programmes are expected to run at the School of Public Health in the University of Ghana in the next academic year in August 2013. The new programmes which will be for a period of one year each are being introduced based on the evaluation and feedback from courses in Occupational Health at the MPH level and a growing demand for further occupational health training. The programmes would train occupational health practitioners who will provide leadership in occupational health in Ghana and in the wider African context.
In order to make the programme more beneficial and relevant to end users, inputs from partners and other developmental sectors were solicited for. To see to the future training needs for further occupation and environmental related diseases, a plenary session which took the form of an active discussion also took place at the meeting.
Participants from the Ghana National Fire Service
Participants in a group discussion
A group photograph taken after the meeting