Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Medicine

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Elevate your expertise and become a trusted authority in safeguarding workplace health and well-being with our comprehensive occupational medicine certification online. In today's dynamic work environment, the demand for skilled occupational medicine professionals is higher than ever before.

Our occupational medicine courses is meticulously designed to equip you with advanced knowledge and practical skills tailored to address the diverse health challenges encountered in industries worldwide. From identifying and mitigating occupational hazards to spearheading health promotion initiatives, you'll emerge prepared to create safer, healthier work environments that benefit both employees and organisations.

PgCert Occupational Medicine

Next intake: September 2024Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Exit Points
6 Months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
100% Online
Total Fees
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Upon successful completion of our occupational medicine online course, you'll emerge as a qualified occupational health practitioner ready to tackle diverse roles such as advisor, consultant, and manager. Lead advancements in workplace health, contribute to policy development, and ensure the well-being of workforces globally.

Here's why our programme stands out:

  • Learn from leading experts in the field, including experienced practitioners and academic scholars, who bring real-world insights and cutting-edge research into the classroom. Gain a comprehensive understanding of both theoretical knowledge and practical applications, positioning you as a go-to authority in modern workplaces.
  • Our part-time PGCert offers the flexibility to balance your studies with existing professional commitments. The entirely online coursework allows you to learn at your own pace, empowering you to advance your career without disrupting your work-life balance.
  • Our programme is tailored for primary care professionals, including general practitioners, specialist nurses, and pharmacists. Whether you're looking to enhance your existing skills or transition into a new role, our PGCert provides the expertise and credibility you need to excel.
  • With a shorter completion time, our Level 7 PGCert allows you to earn a postgraduate-level qualification sooner, positioning you for higher earning potential and career advancement opportunities.

Next intake: September 2024 Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
100% Online
Exit Points
6 Months
6 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
Total Fees

Why Study an Occupational Medicine Postgraduate Certificate with Learna

We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.


100% Flexible

Our courses are 100% online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.

Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.


Expert Led

All of our programmes are authored and developed by world leading experts in their field.

Our faculty are selected due to their subject expertise, experience and teaching abilities to ensure the highest standards of educational excellence.


Career Boosting

Get a University Validated postgraduate qualification in just 1 calendar year instead of 2 academic years.

40% of our alumni reported an increase in salary 2 years after studying with us.

Who is this course for?

Our occupational medicine certification online is designed for a diverse group of medical and health professionals who are keen to specialise in occupational health. It is ideal for:

Healthcare Professionals: General practitioners, nurses, paramedics, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and rehabilitation specialists looking to enhance their expertise in workplace health.

Occupational Health and Safety Experts: Safety officers and health and safety managers who aim to deepen their knowledge of occupational health practices and strategies.

Public Health Professionals: Individuals in public health seeking to focus on the impact of work environments on health.

Researchers and Academics: Academics and researchers interested in exploring and contributing to the field of occupational health and safety.

This occupational medicine courses offers the skills and insights needed to advance your career in occupational medicine, equipping you with the tools to make a significant impact on workplace health and safety.

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

Our courses are conducted through our interactive online learning platform, log in daily whenever and wherever you want. No fixed timetable empowers you to study when it suits you

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.


Our occupational medicine certification online allows you to study for just six months and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 60 credits and comprises three modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.

This module aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of occupational medicine, encompassing its principles, services, and practical applications, including fitness assessment, hazard identification, risk management, and epidemiological interpretation, enabling effective promotion and preservation of employee health and well-being in the workplace.

Indicative content:

  • Definition of occupational medicine (scope) and occupational health (OH) services
  • Introduction to ethics and the law, multidisciplinary team (MDT)
  • Assessment of fitness to work, sickness absence, rehabilitation, redeployment, resettlement and ill health retirement
  • Introduction to hazards and PPE
  • Introduction to risk assessment and control measures
  • Introduction to epidemiology

Learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the core concepts related to occupational medicine, including occupational health services, risk assessments, hazards, ethical considerations and legal frameworks.
  2. Critically evaluate current research and guidelines relating to occupational medicine and the application in a range of settings.
  3. Systematically organise and communicate advanced occupational health and safety related information, using criteria developed for a variety of audiences and within a multidisciplinary team approach.

The module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the diverse range of hazards encountered in the workplace and environment, spanning physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, and psychosocial factors, and their potential impact on various body systems, including respiratory, dermatological, infectious disease, mental health, and musculoskeletal conditions, while considering individual variations in fitness assessment influenced by age, environmental conditions, and specific job roles.

Indicative content:

  • Physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, psychosocial hazards
  • Respiratory and skin disorders
  • Infectious diseases/zoonoses
  • Mental health and other systems
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders and ergonomics
  • Fitness for specific roles/individuals

Module Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of occupational hazards, their multifaceted impacts on various health systems, and the intricate assessment of fitness for work in diverse conditions.
  2. Critically analyse and synthesise complex information from diverse sources, demonstrating advanced problem-solving abilities in assessing and managing occupational hazards, individual health impacts, and fitness for specific roles.
  3. Apply advanced occupational medicine principles to assess and mitigate workplace hazards, formulating tailored strategies for health promotion and risk prevention, and effectively communicating with a variety of stakeholders.

The module aims to equip students with comprehensive knowledge and skills in occupational risk management, including risk assessment, control measures, health surveillance, reporting requirements, relevant regulatory frameworks, toxicology principles, occupational hygiene, and practical skills in walk-through surveys, enabling effective occupational health management and compliance.

Indicative content:

  • Principles of health and safety risk management
  • Health surveillance and biological monitoring. Health screening and medical examination
  • Report writing including portfolio production
  • Reporting schemes and health and safety executive (HSE) Appointed Doctor system
  • Introduction to Toxicology and hygiene monitoring
  • Conducting a walk-through survey

Module Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of the principles underpinning health and safety risk management, including the ability to critically analyse and apply these principles in diverse occupational contexts.
  2. Systematically evaluate and synthesise the latest evidence-based research and guidance related to health surveillance, biological monitoring, and toxicology, to make informed decisions and recommendations that consider individual patient needs and preferences.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to design comprehensive occupational health reports and portfolios, showcasing advanced communication and collaboration skills to effectively engage with employers and employees.

Assessment Methods

The occupational medicine courses places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of real life scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based practice. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The three modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout. You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.

These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice. Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies. Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

Students are required to critically analyse clinically focused case-based scenarios, discussion threads and weekly questions posed by their tutors via the Academic Forum (an online discussion board) and designed to meet the module learning outcomes. Here, students make their own researched and referenced contributions and interact with the tutor and their fellow students. There is no didactic teaching, instead, students are posed questions and prompted to search the literature, read it critically and respond. Engagement is encouraged by the tutor prompting students to respond and the use of automated activity monitoring software.

At the end of each module, the tutor allocates marks to each student based on a marking rubric. The rubric takes into account the following elements:

· Promptness and initiative
· Delivery of post (spelling and grammar)
· The relevance of post and referencing
· Expression within the post

The online reflective journal is a learning portfolio that requires the students to record and critically reflect on their learning. Reflection is an important aspect of the programme as the professionals will be able to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module. The tutor provides regular feedback to the student and marks it at the end of the module.

Reflective practice is a requirement for healthcare professionals for both professional re-validation and professional development.

The group activity is designed to stimulate and test the students’ ability to work as a team in taking the subject area forward. A group task is set, the group elects a leader using the online forum (designed to put leadership skills into practice) and the leader allocates tasks to group members.

The leader is responsible for managing, collating and submitting the activity (online) at the end of the module. The tutor provides formative guidance part way through the module and marks the assessment at the end.
Examples of individual activities might include either a written assignment, poster, blog or social media project.

All students must complete the same assignment for each module that is predetermined by the programme Leader before the modules commence. Students are not provided with an option to choose.

Case problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination with multiple-choice ‘single best answer’ questions directly test the reasoning and knowledge objectives of the module. The online examination is marked automatically. The examination tests Anti-Ageing Medicine related theory and problem-solving skills.

Entry requirements

Since our occupational medicine online course is conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.
Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree.

Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered for the postgraduate diploma in occupational medicine on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required
A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS (with an overall score of 6.5 and a minimum of 6.0 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. You can also contact our admissions team on for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2024:
Application deadline - TBC

Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
1st November 2024£800
1st January 2025£800

† Deposits are non-refundable

†† Prices are subject to review following each intake

Option 3: Lower your monthly payments by spreading the cost for between 2 and 8 years with a loan from our lending partner Lendwise*.

*Subject to eligibility criteria.


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A Lendwise loan comes with a fixed interest rate for the duration of the loan (between 2 and 8 years) and no early repayment penalties. The interest rate offered will depend on the overall applicant profile and the application process is entirely online.*

*Other sources of funding are available.
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