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EMUTOM Introduction lesson

General information about EMUTOM

EMUTOM (European Module for Undergraduate Teaching of Occupational Medicine) is a (blended) learning module for medical students and ‘people who need to manage or advice’ on work and health topics. EMUTOM contains a syllabus, teaching materials, assignments and self-assessment exercises. In blended format the EMUTOM course takes about 5 days. The module is offered in English and Spanish. Translations in other languages are a good option. EMUTOM was developed in close cooperation between 5 European Universities: Gent Belgium, Rouen France, Timisoara Romania, Belgrade Serbia and Amsterdam The Netherlands. The project was funded by the European Union, Life Long Learning Programme. The EMUTOM course, developed between 2010 and 2012, is still of value in current education. Nevertheless, information might be not fully up-to-date. The EMUTOM module contains 4 major chapters: Introduction, Effects of work, Fitness for work and Health promotion. Each chapter contains several sub-chapters. For the LDOH library we present and describe each chapter separately and a few subchapters.

Concise description of the Introduction lesson of EMUTOM

This EMUTOM lesson introduces the basic principles and practices of occupational medicine and occupational safety and health in Europe. Practices outside Europe might be different, but most materials might still be useful in other regions. Definitions are explained as well as the relevance of activities such as the prevention of occupational diseases and the support of return-to-work programs. The lesson is relevant for medical students, for professionals working in health care and for non-professionals interested in the relation between work and health. The materials are also useful for (medical and safety) educators as the lesson contains directly applicable  study materials for your students.

This introduction is the start of the EMUTOM module. You can find all lessons of EMUTOM in the LDOH library of education in OSH (Occupational Safety and Health).

The lesson contains a syllabus text, a chapter about national structure, law and roles, a self-assessment exercise, feedback on the exercise, a student assignment, documentation and a PowerPoint file. This lesson takes about one day to complete. After completion of the lesson, you will be able to explain the two-ways-relationship between work and health, the most important hazards and risk factors in the work environment and the multidisciplinary approach of occupational health in Europe. The lesson is given in English and Spanish. The responsible author of this lesson is Prof Lutgart Braeckman of Gent University, Belgium.


English, Spanish

Original Authors:

Prof Lutgart Braeckman

Original affiliation, ownership:

Gent University, Belgium

Year of publication:


Charge for use or free:

Free of charge


Target group(s):

graduate students, non-OSH-expert professionals

Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals:

Fully useful for non-OSH-expert professionals in health care or other sectors; or in training

Time demand to complete the lesson or course:

1 day


Intellectual property and copyright:

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
This license allows reusers to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to remix, transform, and build upon the material. You must give appropriate credit to EMUTOM, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may not use the material for commercial purposes. For details about this license:

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