A graduate course in work site health promotion for occupational health practitioners.
This paper describes the rationale, teaching strategies, outcomes, and a 6-month follow-up of an academic course in work site health promotion, in which 35 occupational health practitioners participated.
The one-semester course was part of the Masters in Science program in occupational health at the Tel-Aviv University Medical School.
The primary goals of the study were to teach the theoretical bases of work site health promotion and their application to specific health needs, and to train better role models for employees.
The primary teaching strategies were :
(1) facilitation of experiential learning by encouraging students to undergo health screening and then engage in a personal health promotion plan ;
(2) use of health promotion experts as guest teachers ;
and (3) an increase in formal knowledge through formal lectures and background reading.
At the time offollow-up, most of the students were still adhering to their plans and maintaining much of their health promotion achievements.
Additional outcomes included increased awareness of health risks and health promotion issues, and positions as role models in the private and professional domains.
The primary barrier to adherence was low frustration tolerance, which can be regarded as the major challenge to health promotion programs and courses.
It is suggested that the course format is an effective means of educating health promoters.
Mots-clés Pascal : Personnel sanitaire, Médecin, Médecine travail, Homme, Formation professionnelle, Promotion santé, Lieu travail
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health staff, Physician, Occupational medicine, Human, Occupational training, Health promotion, Work place
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0190906
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 199608.