Occupational Health

Program Presentation

The Hygiene at Work Specialization delves into those techniques designed to prevent the occurrence of occupational diseases, by studying, assessing and conveniently modifying the physical, chemical or biological environment of the work place.

The Hygiene at Work Program is aimed at understanding, evaluating and controlling the factors in the workplace that can cause illness or injury. To do so, one should previously classify contaminants to establish measurement units, and finally, limit reference values.

This scheme is followed throughout the specialization, without losing sight of the regulatory framework; in particular, the principles of preventive action and the general duties of protection by the employer.

The distance education program presented here responds to new demands for this area, providing criteria, rigor and, above all, common sense, when it comes to the education for hygiene policies in an organization.

Who is the programme for?

The proposed methodology and a clear and diverse curriculum makes the Occupational Hygiene Program designed for those who need to learn more about sampling or who work in a chemical laboratory performing analysis of contaminants, or are subject to environmental conditions the involve dust, noise, vibrations, electromagnetic fields and optical radiation.

Because of its specific and technical character, it is highly recommended for people who want to carry out this program to have a background in Science and have prior knowledge in the field of Occupational Hygiene.


Successful completion of the Program will enable you to be awarded the degree in Experto Universitario en HIGIENE EN EL TRABAJO.

After successfully completing the Program, the student will receive the degree as awarded by the University where they have enrolled.

Program Structure

The credit structure of the Occupational Health program is shown in the following table. It should be noted that the duration is merely indicative, as the methodology followed integrates the knowledge and skills to be acquired in each part through integrative exercises of knowledge acquisition and internalization of project practices:

Subjects 15

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university where he/she has enrolled. One (1) ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit is equivalent to 10 + 15 hours. If the student is enrolled in a university that does not belong to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the relation between credits - hours may vary.


La Occupational Health tiene 15 créditos. La duración de la Occupational Health es de Varies depending on the student's dedication. During this period, the student must have successfully completed all evaluated activities and passed the Final Project.


General Objective:

  • The main objective of the Occupational Hygiene Program is to train competent professionals to carry out prevention plans, in regards to identifying, assessing and monitoring environmental factors, in order to reduce the risk of occupational diseases caused by specific jobs.

Specific Objectives:

  • To enumerate the various systems of analysis and measurement of chemical agents in the environment.
  • To learn how to use some of the most commonly performed data processing procedures, in the context of the measurement of chemicals in the environment in order to gather the maximum information.
  • To determine the source of chemical substances and dangerous compounds through label and safety data sheets, as well as the usual procedures for taking samples of biological agents.
  • To develop models of management of toxic and hazardous waste and the practices to be followed from a security point of view within the framework of current legislation.
  • To learn different welding techniques along with associated risks and methods of control that may be applied to this activity.
  • To evaluate some of the most common industrial processes, and to learn the terminology and identification of existing sanitary risks, along with their level of importance and methods of control.
  • To learn the design of ventilation system for localized extraction, for the control of chemicals in the environment.
  • To become familiar with the list of end of line solutions employed in the industry to comply with the emission limits tax.
  • To learn the basics of sound, preparation of studies and measures of noise control.
  • To learn about prevention plans starting from an initial assessment of the risks related to exposure to vibration in the workplace.
  • To determine the physical principles, orders of magnitude and various kinds of REM, the potential hazards for occupational exposure to fields and waves and optical radiation.

Career Opportunities

Some Career Opportunities in the Program in Occupational Hygiene are:

  • Independent Consultant in Labor Risks Prevention.
  • Adviser in Organizational Prevention.
  • Audit Agencies.
  • Training Technician.

Study Plan

The Occupational Hygiene Program is composed of one subject, that teaches, first, the historical, conceptual and theoretical principles involved in prevention management and, second, its organizational, social, and technological implementation.

The goal is for students to acquire a global vision of prevention plans that every company should follow, in order to have a better understanding of the real extent of the risks arising from occupational diseases and how to prevent them.

The course is structured according to a coherent pedagogical sequence. Each is divided into basic thematic units or chapters, the contents of which should be studied to successfully answer the various tests.

The chapters that comprise the Program are shown in the following table:

1 Procedures for measuring chemicals in the environment
2 Data Processing
3 Chemical and Biological Risk Information
4 Safety Management of Hazardous and Toxic Waste
5 Safety in Welding Techniques and Activities
6 Identification and Prevention of Risks in specific activities
7 Localized Exhaust Ventilation
8 Control of Air Pollution
9 Noise Exposure
10 Vibration Exposure
11 Electromagnetic Radiation
12 Non-ionizing REM I: Radiation Fields and Waves
13 Non-ionizing REM II on: Optical radiation


  • 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

  • Dr. José María Redondo Vega. Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Leon.
  • Dr. 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.
  • Dr. 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.
  • Dr. (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.
  • Dr. (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 and Junior Researcher of the Dynamic SME Project. 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 Ibero-American University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically delivers an economic baseline with extraordinary character for scholarships in FUNIBER Training.

To apply for it, you only need to send your application for a scholarship on the website’s main page with the required data, and the evaluation committee will examine the suitability of your candidature to be granted economic aid, in the form of a scholarship in FUNIBER Training.