Occupational and Environmental Medicine - COM 237
Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics (HOD)
Occupational and Environmental Medicine is the area of family medicine devoted to prevention and management of occupational and environmental injury, illness, and disability and the promotion of health and productivity of workers, their families and communities. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is industrializing rapidly. It is imperative that the primary care and other physicians have a practical working knowledge on the range of occupational hazards in the Kingdom, especially how to recognize, evaluate, treat or prevent them. Many Saudi and expat workers are employed by small or mid-size companies that may not have a full-time occupational physician on site. Thus, the importance of occupational medicine training becomes evident when considering the incidence of work-place induced illnesses and injuries. This course is usually offered in the third or fourth semester, teaching the medical students general and basic principles of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. It consists of 16 weekly lectures of fundamental topics in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. In addition, we usually conduct filed trips and encourage students to participate is filed work to give student exposure to and some experience in this important area of family medicine.