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CPD in Occupational Medicine: course details

Course aims and learning outcomes

The course aims to: 

  • provide an overview of the organisation of occupational health services in the UK;
  • explain the current health and safety at work legislation;
  • describe the common occupational hazards and diseases, their assessment and management;
  • introduce the disciplines of occupational hygiene, toxicology, epidemiology and ergonomics and equip you with some of the relevant practical skills;
  • extend your appreciation of the relevance of your clinical skills to the workplace environment;
  • encourage you to develop an active interest in occupational medicine and its relationship to your day-to-day work.

The learning outcomes are intended to: 

  • introduce you to the knowledge and skills required in those areas of medicine, science and hygiene that are encompassed by occupational health;
  • acquaint you with the UK (and some EU) legislation covering health and safety at work;
  • describe and define the relationships and responsibilities of the occupational physician with management, trades unions, employees, and other branches of the profession/other appropriate agencies;
  • give you a good foundation on which to build and extend your knowledge of occupational health during the changes and developments which lie in the years ahead.

Course delivery and technical requirements

The course is delivered through a blend of written materials in electronic format and interactive teaching material, supported by seminars and tutorials.

We offer a taster of what we provide as part of our learning materials for our postgraduate course in Occupational Medicine.

All materials are accessed solely online via the University Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard.

You will require regular access to a modern personal computer (Windows or Mac) with a stable internet connection. You should be confident in using the internet for web browsing and sending emails and also using word processing software, such as Microsoft Word.

Please note: support is provided wherever possible for students experiencing technical issues via the University's IT Helpdesk. However, we cannot be held responsible for problems arising from students failing to ensure they have the minimum technical specification.

Course units

Information about each unit, including assessment details, can be found at the below links:


The online materials provided are supplemented by additional resources such as seminars.

The purpose of the seminars is to put into context the information covered by the teaching material. They will also provide opportunities to re-address concepts and approaches to problem-solving in discussion with both tutors and your peers.

Portfolio preparation

Students will have access to a specialist occupational medicine tutor who will provide guidance on how to prepare a portfolio.

In particular, tutors provide guidance on:

  • applying the theory learned in Foundation for Postgraduate Practice and Fitness for Work to practice (both for a clinical case and for a workplace assessment), and
  • understanding of the principles of risk assessment and management.

Support is provided via a monitored discussion board where students can engage with the tutors and with their peers and benefit from the differing clinical backgrounds and experience contained within the group.

The portfolio discussion board provides a space where students can reflect on specific aspects of course material and identify possible gaps in their knowledge and get advice on how to apply problem-solving skills to workplace scenarios using knowledge gained from the other units.

It also encourages students to reflect on whether personal practice is consistent with good occupational medical practice and, finally, offers an opportunity for students taking the DOccMed to gain experience in addressing the types of questions that may arise in the portfolio oral assessment.

By the end of the CPD course, participants who have engaged with the portfolio tutors should be able to produce a draft form of a portfolio, which should (with some additional input by the participant), be suitable for submission for FOM's DOccMed level qualification.

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 1798