Work disability occurs when a worker is unable to resume or remain at work because of a health problem. Poor employee health or work disability leads to productivity loss and imposes large individual, social, and economical burdens. It is also a major concern to workers, their families, employers, policymakers, insurers, and occupational health service providers. This online course is a short introduction to the topic and will give a good basis to attend part 2 and 3. The objectives of this online course are to disseminate transdisciplinary WDP knowledge with a focus on theoretical, methodological, ethical and practical challenges. The target audience is Ph.D. students, post-doctoral fellows, and practitioners with a master’s degree who are linked to the WDP field. The online course material is based on a traditional NIVA course held in Helsinki in June 2016. The lecturers are responsible for the content of their own lectures. NIVA is responsible for the composition of the online course. If you are interested in the subject area at large, or if you are planning to attend the NIVA course WDP 2 in June 2017 we recommend buying the online course and watching the material.

The online course subscription provides you with

  • 9 short approx. 15-minute video lectures
  • 9 pdf-documents containing the lecturing material
  • 2 filmed interviews
  • 1 filmed keynote lecture by Patrick Loisel (approx. 75 minutes)


The course material is divided into four topics and contains the following: Background "The Work Disability Paradigm and its Arena: Think Different" Theories

  • Work Disability Theories
  • WD Theories continued
  • Workplace-based WDP models


  • Ethical aspects to WDP practices
  • Role of Occupational Health Services in WDP
  • Ethics in WDP research and applying research


  • Evaluation designs for work disability prevention interventions
  • WDP Interventions, implementation, and outcome measures
  • Qualitative methods in evaluation research
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