Core Course Objectives


Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the incidence and impact of injury and illness among agricultural workers.
  • Apply the industrial hygiene paradigm (anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control) to occupational hazards among agricultural workers.
  • Identify the hazards associated with agricultural transportation activities, with emphasis on tractors, ATVs/UTVs, and public roadway use.
  • Understand current issues in production agriculture that impact health and safety.
  • Recognize lung and skin illnesses that occur as a result of agricultural activities and apply strategies for their prevention.
  • Identify hazards to youth living and working on farms and apply methods of prevention.
  • Recognize routes of disease transmission and methods to prevent infection.
  • Identify hazards associated with livestock production and recommend prevention strategies.
  • Describe agricultural work factors associated with psychosocial stress and how they impact health, safety, and well-being.
  • Apply NIOSH Total Worker Health principles to promote the health, safety and well-being of agricultural workers.
  • Describe exposures to physical agents and their associated health effects experienced by agricultural workers.
  • Apply the hierarchy of controls to mitigate hazards associated with farm equipment and recommend strategies to mitigate occupational hazards.
  • Identify emergency rescue methods appropriate to agricultural hazards and events.
  • Explain what role healthcare providers can have in reducing injuries and illness in agricultural populations.
  • Recognize risk factors for upper extremity and low back musculoskeletal disorders among agricultural workers.
  • Recognize musculoskeletal illness and injury that occur as a result of agricultural activities and apply strategies for their prevention.
  • Recognize pesticide exposure scenarios and recommend methods to limit exposure.
  • Observe farm activities and identify potential risk factors for injury and illness.
  • Apply the hierarchy of controls to farm hazard scenarios and recommend strategies to mitigate occupational hazards.
  • Identify medications that may increase the risk of injury to farmers or those in agriculture.
  • Identify the appropriate use and selection of personal protective equipment for protection from agricultural hazards.
  • Discuss current research efforts to promote safety and health in agricultural and rural communities.
  • Describe characteristics of agricultural workers that affect prevention efforts.
  • Summarize available evidence linking agricultural work and cancer outcomes.
  • Describe techniques providers can incorporate into their practice to address the unique healthcare needs of rural communities.
  • Identify and access resources for promoting rural safety and health.
  • Apply a framework for risk perception and communication when discussing pesticide use with the general public.


If you have questions about course content, please contact Kay Mohling, MA.

If you need assistance with registration, please call the University of Iowa Center for Conferences at 800-551-9029 or 319-335-4141.