Selected Topics in Environmental and Occupational Health (2017)

Selected Topics in Environmental and Occupational Health:

From Worker Health to Citizen Health (Course #: 0158.1266)


Prof. Nicola Murgia (University of Perugia, Italy)

Prof. Elizabeth Fireman (Tel Aviv University) 

Prof. Varda Shalev (Tel Aviv University)

Prof. Rafi Korenstein (Tel Aviv University)

Dr. Tamar Berman (Ministry of Health, Israel)

Dr. Ido Morag (Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Israel)

Date and Time:

July 9-13, 2017 08:30-13:00


Room TBA, Sackler Faculty of Medicine

Final Exam:

July 14, 2017 | 9:00-11:00 | Room TBA




2 Academic Credits

Application: Apply now: English (International) | Hebrew (Israeli)

Course Syllabus

A detailed syllabus can be found here.

Course Description

The course will introduce the new rapid growth economies, urbanization, health systems crises and “Big Data” that are causing fundamental changes in social structures and systems, including health. These forces for change have significant consequences for occupational and environmental medicine. They will challenge the specialty to think beyond workers and workplaces as the principal locus of innovation for health and performance. The trends that are placing great emphasis on upstream strategies for addressing the complex systems dynamics of the social determinants of health will be summarized here. Major alterations in occupational and environmental diseases due to changes in materials (e.g. chemicals, nanomaterials), people (e.g., demographics, skills), processes (e.g., assembly line, automation), laws (e.g., occupational/environmental regulations), and science and technologies that altered the nature of work on multiple levels will be presented. These transformations are providing opportunities for occupational and environmental medicine to perform new services with added value to workers and employers beyond providing acute medical care for workplace injuries and diseases.


Participants must pass the final exam with a grade of at least 60 (D) to receive academic credit for the course. Non-credit participants are not required to take the final exam. 

Lecturers Bio

Prof. Nicola Murgia (Publications)

Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Section of Occupational Medicine, Respiratory Diseases and Toxicology, University of Perugia, Italy

Prof. Elizabeth Fireman 

Chair, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University

Head, Research Laboratory for Occupational & Environmental Lung Diseases, Tel Aviv Medical Center

Prof. Varda Shalev 

Director, Institute of Research and Innovation, Maccabi Health Care Services

Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University

Prof. Rafi Korenstein

Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University


Contact Information

International: Ms. Saritte Perlman |  | +972-(0)3-640-7796
Israeli: Mr. Michael Brik | | 03-6408572 |  Hebrew Website

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