Environmental Health Economics

Code: HPEO409
Apply this course towards: Environmental and Occupational Health

Course description

In this course, we examine the role of regional, national and international economics as well as business financial constraints and imperatives on health and safety in the workplace. Issues considered include:

  • job security
  • labour-management conflict
  • technological change
  • corporate strategies
  • nationalization
  • free trade

We’ll also consider the economics of health injuries and sources of grants for funding.

Learning objectives

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the techniques of economic analysis, their usefulness and limitations.
  • Apply economic analysis to understand the behaviour of individuals and firms as they relate to environmental and occupational health.
  • Discuss the appropriate role of government in environmental and occupational health issues.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cost effectiveness, cost benefit and cost utility analysis as applied to the evaluation of investments or regulations designed to improve environmental and occupational health.
  • Apply the principles of cost-benefit analysis to evaluate a basic program aimed at improving occupational health and/or safety.
  • Discuss the impact of trends in demographics, technological change and globalization on environmental and occupational health.


Admission to the certificate program in Environmental and Occupational Health.

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