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International Occupational Safety and Health

Workers account for half of the world’s population and their health depends on workplace conditions, health care access, social and individual factors. The International Organization (ILO) 2018, estimates that work-related accidents or illnesses kill about 6000 people every day – or around 2.3 million women and men each year. Committed to the notion that occupational health and safety must improve, especially in vulner- able, lower-income, and underserved communities, the Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) focus area of CIHLMU was established. First and foremost, it is concerned with capacity building – training and educating people from around the world to improve local working conditions in both the formal and informal sectors.

Most of the activities of OSH at CIHLMU are located in Latin America where it collaborates with local universities to encourage community engagement, practical problem-solving and research in understudied areas of occupational safety and health. Central to this mission, CIHLMU offers a Master program (MSc) in International Occupational Safety and Health as well as a Diploma on the same topic, both based on a Blended-Learning concept, which combines face-to-face and online courses. Additionally, it organizes Summer School programs for international health professionals. This hands-on program involves identifying real occupational and public health problems in low- and middle-income countries and facilitates the development of practical solutions that are ready to be implemented.

Training in occupational safety and health requires interdisciplinary learning and a holistic approach to workplace conditions that considers ever-changing environmental, social and individual factors. Using this framework to educate students and health professionals results in multiplicative training effects that can reach often-neglected areas. Based on encouraging results, this focus area of CIHLMU will continue to support research, education and training while expanding its Latin American networks


Team members

Munich Office

Radon, Katja

Prof. Dr. Katja Radon (Chairwoman)
Head - Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology & Net Teaching Unit
Phone: +49-(0)89-4400-52485


Kurtz, LenaLena Kurtz, M.A.
Program Coordinator of the Master of International Occupational Safety and Health
Phone: +49-(0)89-4400-52491


Ruttkowski, PaolaPaola Ruttkowski, M.Sc (Currently on maternity leave)
Project Coordinator of the Latin American and Munich Summer Schools
Phone: +49-(0)89-4400-52491


Merz, LuisaLuisa Merz, M.A.
Program Assistant of the Master of International Occupational Safety and Health
Phone: +49-(0)89-4400-52620


Ciriquián, PilarPilar Ciriquián
Team assistant
Phone: +49-(0)89-4400-52485



International Office

Dr. Manuel Parra
Project supporter and Deputy of Prof. Katja Radon in Latin America

Dr. Denise Carvalho
Project supporter in Brazil

Verónica Encina Zamora
Project supporter and Head of the OSH Latin American office