Department of Social and Preventive Medicine

Masters of Engineering (Safety, Health and Environment)

The Occupational and Environmental Health Unit of the Department of Social and Preventive is involved in the delivery of one of the compulsory courses in the Master of Engineering (Safety, Health and Environment). The MEng (SHE) first started in 2006. The programme consist of 36 credits; 30 credits are for course work and six credits are for research. Out of the 30 credits, 18 are for compulsory courses and 12 are for elective courses. Each course is three credits which consists of 14 three hours lecturers.

The staff from the department is involved in coordinating the Occupational and Industrial Health in Engineering course. This course consists of introduction to Occupational and Environmental Health, Occupational Toxicology, Occupational and Environmental Diseases, Health Risk Assessment and Surveillance and Occupational Hygiene, Prevention and Control of related Diseases and Injuries, Occupational Health Laws, Environmental Law and Related Issues. The course is also popular as an elective for other Master of Engineering programmes besides the MEng(SHE).

Learning Outcome:

At the end of the course, the students should be able to:

  1. Apply the principles and knowledge acquired in the field of Occupational and Industrial Health;
  2. Evaluate/analyse occupational hazards, diseases or impending injuries;
  3. Identify Hazard, Diseases, and Impending Injuries and Inform concerned personnel in Managing these issues at the workplace; and
  4. Synthesize a safe and health workplace environment.

Content of the Course:

Week Title Lecturer
1. Introduction to Occupational and Environmental Health in Engineering Assoc Prof Retneswari Masilamani
2. Provision of Occupational Health in Malaysia Assoc Prof Retneswari Masilamani
3. Occupational Health Law and Related Issues Dr Victor Hoe Chee Wai
4. Health Hazards and Risk Assessment Assoc Prof Retneswari Masilamani
5. Principles of Occupational Toxicology (1) Assoc Prof Retneswari Masilamani
6.. Principles of Occupational Toxicology (2) Assoc Prof Retneswari Masilamani
7. Occupational and Environmental Diseases (1) Dr Victor Hoe Chee Wai
8. Occupational and Environmental Diseases (2) Dr Victor Hoe Chee Wai
9. Occupational and Environmental Diseases (3) Dr Victor Hoe Chee Wai
10. Medical Surveillance Dr Victor Hoe Chee Wai
11. Occupational Hygiene Assoc Prof Retneswari Masilamani
12. Prevention of Occupational Disease and Injuries Assoc Prof Retneswari Masilamani
13 Personal Protective Equipments Assoc Prof Retneswari Masilamani
14 Revision and Review of Course Assoc Prof Retneswari Masilamani


  Coursework 40%
  Final Examination: 60%

Reference Text

  1. Occupational Safety and Health for Technologists, Engineers and Managers. David L Goetsch, 5th Ed, Pearson-Prentice Hall
  2. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 4th edition La Dou J Appleton & Lange 2007

How to apply:

Those who are interested to apply for the course can browse for information for the application for postgraduate studies on the Instituite of Postgraduate Studies website


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The Occupational Medicine Clinic is a referral clinic for occupational diseases and is open on every Monday and Thursday from 2pm to 5 pm at Specialist Clinic, Ground Floor, University Malaya Medical Centre.