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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: Update 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: Adult Occupational Lead Poisoning in California for Occupational Medicine Providers
    Provides information on the epidemiology, toxicology, and sources of lead; health effects in and clinical management of lead exposed adults; and the state public health role in preventing occupational lead poisoning. Also provides information on efforts to update the Cal/OSHA lead standards based on recent data regarding the toxicity of lead, particularly at low levels, and physician responsibilities and legal context under the evolving lead standards.  
  • Lead: Overview of Adult Occupational Lead Poisoning in California
    Provides information for general practitioners on the epidemiology, toxicology, and sources of exposure of lead; the health effects in and clinical management of lead exposed adults; the Cal/OSHA occupational lead standards; and the state public health role in the prevention of occupational lead poisoning in California.    
  • 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.

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