Biological Hazards in the Workplace and Community

Course Number
5900 (Occupational & Environmental Health)
Course Instructor(s)
James A Scott

Course Description

  • This course covers a wide range of biological hazards that may be encountered in community and work environments, including commercial, non-industrial, industrial and health care settings.
  • Emphasis will be given to the tools and practices used by occupational hygienists in the recognition, evaluation and control of microbiological hazards of occupation.
  • The course will consist of weekly lectures together with readings assigned from a course textbook and supplemented by readings drawn from relevant primary literature. Midterm and final examinations will be a combination of multiple choice, short answer and essay style questions. One term paper will be assigned. For more course information and materials, go to:

Course Objectives

This course will familiarize students specific areas in the domain of occupational hygiene practice relating to:

  • Investigation, sampling, interpretation and remediation of indoor microbial contamination; 
  • Infection control and prevention in health care workplaces;
  • Biosafety in research and industry;
  • Environmental microbiological hazards, emphasizing soil-borne, airborne, vector-borne and zoonotic agents; and 
  • Hazards from bioterrorism and biological weapons.

General Requirements

  • None. This course is an elective for MHSc students in the Occupational & Environmental Health stream interested in the area of biological hazards of workplace and community environments.