Free continuing education courses - occupational and environmental health topics
The Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control in the California Department of Public Health has developed free online continuing medical education (CME) courses on a variety of occupational and environmental medicine topics. Credits are provided through the University of California, Davis Health System. Medical care providers (physicians, nurses, and physician assistants) and Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) can earn continuing education units for completion of any of the following one-hour courses.
- Benefits and Risks of Seafood Consumption
Provides information about health benefits of seafood consumption; chemical contaminants including mercury; populations most susceptible to harm; current health guidelines (with an emphasis on California); educational materials and resources.
- Coccidioidomycosis: Focus on Occupational Health Issues
Provides information on the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of coccidioidomycosis; highlights workers at risk for occupational coccidioidomycosis and describes measures to prevent its occurrence.
- Lead: Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
Provides information about sources and risk factors for childhood lead exposures, implementation of California childhood lead screening regulations, and designing appropriate environmental interventions.
- Lead: Overview of Occupational Lead Poisoning in California
Provides information about common causes of adult lead poisoning, worker case studies, and recommendations for evaluation and care of lead-poisoned adults. Note: Course is currently under revision. Revised course will be available in early 2016. Professionals who have taken the previous Occupational Lead Poisoning course will be eligible to take this course for additional CE credits.
- Mercury Exposure and Health Effects
Provides information on the common forms of mercury and their sources in the environment; highlights common routes of exposure including fish intake; identifies populations at risk, health effects, and treatment options.
For medical care providers, these activities have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each activity will take approximately one hour to complete.
For CIHs, follow the requirements of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene for claiming certification maintenance credit following course completion.
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch
Environmental Health Investigations Branch
Occupational Health Branch
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