OHS 600A/600B

Approaches to Research in Occupational Health and Safety
Fall Semester 2018
Alternate Tuesdays, 19:00-21:30
SafetyNet (Bruneau Centre 3046)
Stephen Bornstein (sbornste@mun.ca)


This course is a core requirement for all students registered in the Interdisciplinary Master’s program in Occupational Health and Safety. Registration is limited to students in this program. The seminar will meet every other week for two semesters It is divided into two semester-length units that form a sequence. Every student must take both terms and must take them in the correct order (the fall term before the winter term) but it isn’t necessary to take both terms in the same academic year. After a student has attended the fall term, he/she will receive a ‘no grade’ mark; a full 3-credit-hour grade will be awarded only after he/she has also attended the winter term. This course will, sometime soon, be renamed OHS 600A/600B. Once that happens, any student who has already registered for OHS 6000 will have to submit a ‘change of program’ form to switch into OHS 600A/600B.

The seminar has two objectives. First, it aims to introduce students to a variety of approaches to research in the field of OHS. This will be done through a series of sessions, each led by one of the professors associated with the program. Each of them will present the approach(es) and methods involved in his/her kind(s) of OHS research and will lead a discussion of several relevant required readings listed below. These sessions will take up the entirety of the fall semester and part of the winter semester. The rest of the winter semester will be devoted to the second objective—allowing the students to present their plans for a capstone research project and to discuss their ideas with their fellow students and faculty members.

Course Requirements and grading

  • attendance and participation in both terms with participation being scored for preparedness and the quality of contributions to in-class discussions (30%)
  • two 6-7-page papers in the fall term (35% each)
  • due dates: November 15 and December 20
  • to be submitted as an e-mail attachment
  • late penalty of 4% for each day

  • two 8-10-page papers in the winter term

  • due dates and details TBA
  • A grade for 3 credit-hours will be assigned after the winter term and will include marks for all oral and written work done in both terms.

Fall schedule

September 11, 2018
Leader: S. Bornstein
Introduction to the program and the seminar

September 25, 2018
B. Neis
Research on the periphery: SafetyNet’s Interdisciplinary Community Alliance Approach to Occupational Health and Safety Research


October 9, 2018
Leader: S. Bornstein
Studying Occupational Disease


October 23, 2018
Leader: N.Power
Gender and OHS


November 6, 2018
Leader: K. Cullen
Advancing Evidence-Informed Decision Making in OHS


November 20, 2018
Leader: A. Hall
Using Mixed Methods in OHS Case Studies


December 4, 2018
Leader: R. Ricciardelli
Working in Public Safety: Occupational Stress Injuries and Mental Health



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