Master in Occupational Risk Prevention

Program Presentation

It is unquestionable that any work activity implies a risk to workers. This reality has created a new business need, one that requires compliance with a specific set of increasingly stringent obligations on the employer’s part.

Such obligations are based on a set of specific rules and regulations that are determined by the highest level of an organization, and are gradually incorporated in each country being gradually adjusted at the local level.

An increasing social demand for regulation and surveillance of safety and health, compounds the interest of organizations, whatever their size, to install a safety management and occupational health system that allows them to manage risk and comply with the law.

It is in this aspect that the Master in Occupational Risk Prevention becomes an excellent instrument for the development of safety training and an improved state of health, thanks to the accumulated experience and teaching in this field.

The distance education program presented here responds to the new demands of this area, providing criteria, rigor and, above all, common sense, when it comes to education in the policy on health and safety organization.

Who is the programme for?

The proposed method and a clear and diverse curriculum makes the Master in Occupational Risk Prevention Program designed for university graduates with a bachelor’s degree who wish to receive training in occupational health and safety to improve their job prospects.

It is mainly designed for people who come from the fields of engineering, medicine, architecture, chemistry, psychology, labor relations, nursing, among other, and all those professions directly related to Prevention, Occupational Health, Production, Human Resources, Engineering, Quality departments, etc.

Diploma

Satisfactory completion of the Program will allow obtaining the degree in Master in Occupational Risk Prevention.

Diplomas will be awarded by the University where enrolled, with the patronage of the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER).

Program Structure

Estimated length of the Master in Occupational Risk Prevention program is 750 hours (75 credits).

Regarding time distribution it states that:

  • Since it is a distance program and not subject to classes, there is no specific start date so, the student can enroll at any time, provided there are spaces available.
  • For academic or educational reasons, the program has a minimum duration of one year.
  • The maximum time available for the Program is two years. During this time, the student must have completed all assessments relating to the subjects, as well as the Final Master Project or Thesis.

The credit structure for the Master in Occupational Risk Prevention program is compiled in the following table:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
1st Part: Occupational Risk Prevention 45 12 450
2nd Part: Specialization 15 6 150
3rd Part: Scientific Research Method and Final Master Project or Thesis 15 6 150
TOTAL 75 24 750

a. The equivalent value of credits can differ according to the university granting the degree.
b. Length in months

Objectives

General objectives:

  • To train competent professionals to implement a safety and health policies that call for the creation and maintenance of a culture that encourages the prevention of work related accidents and occupational illnesses.

Specific objectives:

  • To study fundamental safety concepts and to become familiar with techniques used in accident prevention.
  • To learn how to act in favor of prevention, based on methods that are currently active or those established prior to the specific accident:
    • Risk assessment as an active technique.
    • Types of risk assessments.
    • Methods of general risk assessment.
    • Measures to be taken after risk assessment.
  • To study actions dedicated to the identification, evaluation and control of chemical, physical and biological agents in the workplace that can cause illness.
  • To examine common health problems caused in the workplace from an ergonomics point of view.
  • To determine organizational job factors that can affect workers´ health and welfare (physical, psychological and social), as well as job performance itself.
  • To acquire basic knowledge, purpose and activities of Occupational Medicine.
  • To become familiar with the training needs in occupational risks of different groups of companies and organizations.
  • To understand the most common theoretical and practical aspects of conflict resolution and strategies: negotiation, mediation and arbitration.
  • To lay the groundwork for the implementation of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards in business.

Career Opportunities

The proposed method, along with clearness, spaciousness and educational design content, allows leading the Master in Occupational Risk Prevention Program to university graduates with a bachelor’s degree who wish to receive training in occupational safety and health to improve their job prospects.

It is mostly designed mainly thinking about people who come from the field of engineering, medicine, architecture, chemistry, psychology, labor relations, nursing, among other, and all those professions directly related to the Prevention, Occupational Health, Production, Human Resources, Engineering, Quality departments, etc.

Study Plan

The Master in Occupational Risk Prevention Program has a curriculum structure based on three sequential parts:

  • 1ST PART: OCCUPATIONAL RISK PREVENTION

The first part teaches the theoretical, conceptual and historical foundations involved in the prevention of occupational hazards and also organizational, social and technological implementation.

The goal is for students to gain an overview of prevention, through different multidisciplinary related topics.

1ST PART: OCCUPATIONAL RISK PREVENTION
# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Fundamentals in labor risk prevention 20
2 Workplace Security 50
3 Workplace Hygiene 70
4 Occupational Health 20
5 Ergonomics 30
6 Applied psychosociology 30
7 Training and communication 10
8 OHSAS 18001 and Auditing 80
9 Management Techniques for work teams 30
10 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Techniques 30
11 Quality Management: ISO 9001 40
12 Environmental Management in Business 40
TOTAL 450

These subjects, despite being independent from each other, are self-sufficient and structured according to a consistent pedagogical sequence that facilitates their understanding from simple to increasing complexity. Each subject is divided into basic thematic units or chapters, the contents of which include printed material to be studied in order to satisfactorily answer the tests.

  • 2ND PART: SPECIALIZATION

Specializations allow students to go more in depth in those areas of the field of prevention that interest them most both professionally and personally.

Students must choose only one of the following specializations:

2ND PART: SPECIALIZATION
# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Workplace security 150
2 Workplace Hygiene 150
3 Ergonomics and Applied Psychosociology 150
TOTAL 450
  • 3RD PART: SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AND FINAL MASTER PROJECT OR THESIS
3RD PART: RESEARCH METHODS AND FINAL PROJECT
# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Research Methods 30
2 Final Project 120
TOTAL 150

Research Methods presents the process and technique stages of research for students to learn an approach to the scientific method in order to make contributions to the field. It also reviews the main tools that help test hypotheses by providing statistical support for the observations.

On the other hand, in order to obtain a Master in Occupational Risk Prevention, a Final Project is required. The objective is to present a comprehensive document, including the possibility of its practical implementation. It should be a contribution to the field or to related topics, both theoretical and applied.


Note: Depending on the university chosen by the student, the number of credits and the program agenda may be altered.

Management

  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communications from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Academic Director for the Environment Area at the Ibero-american University Foundation.
  • Dra (c). Lina Pulgarín Osorio. Doctor in Projects from the Ibero-american International University (in process). Master in Comprehensive Management Prevention, Environment and Quality from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Academic Coordinator for the Master in Occupational Risk Prevention and associated Specializations.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dra. José María Redondo Vega. Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Leon.
  • Dra. Cristina Hidalgo González. Doctor in Quality Control. Business Administration from the University of Leon. Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Leon.
  • Dr. Víctor Jiménez. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communications from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Professor at the Ibero-american International University.
  • Dra. Izel Marez. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communication from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Professor at the Ibero-american International University.
  • Dr. José Ulises Rodríguez Barboza. Doctor in Project Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. Professor at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences. FUNIBER professor.
  • Dra. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Civil Industrial Engineer Head of Projects at the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Chile.
  • Dra (c). Lina Pulgarín Osorio. Doctorate in Projects from the Ibero-american International University (in process). Master in Integrated Management: Prevention, Environment and Quality from the Polytechnic University in Catalonia. Program Coordinator and FUNIBER professor.
  • Dra (c). Carmen Lilí Rodríguez Velasco. Doctorate in Education from the Ibero-american International University (in process). Master in Occupational and Organizational Psychology from the University of Havana, Cuba. Academic Coordinator of the International Management Development Area, Business Organization and Human Resources and FUNIBER professor.
  • Dr (c). Diego J. Kurtz. Doctorate in Engineering and Knowledge Management from the PPGEGC – UFSC (in process). Master in International Business – Wiesbaden Business School, Germany. Researcher in the Core Management for Sustainability (www.ngs.ufsc.br) and Junior Researcher of the Dynamic SME Project (www.dynamic-sme.org). Program Coordinator and FUNIBER professor.
  • Dra (c). Diana Patricia Cortés Díaz. Doctorate in Projects, from the Ibero-american International University (in process). Masters in Human Resources and Knowledge Management from the University of Leon, Spain. Consultant specializing in Labor Law and Social Security. Program Coordinator and FUNIBER professor.
  • Ms. María Eugenia Luna Borgaro. Master in Human Resources and Knowledge Management from the University of Leon, Spain. Expert on Human Resource Management and Management Skills. FUNIBER Professor.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) allocates periodically an extraordinary economic item for FUNIBER Training Scholarships.

To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the web of FUNIBER or contact directly the Foundation’s headquarters in your country that will inform you if you need to provide some additional information.

Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Training Scholarship.