Work Disability Prevention (Part 1)

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, policy makers, 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 is to disseminate transdisciplinary WDP knowledge with 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 Work Disability Prevention in June 2018, 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 key note lecture by Patrick Loisel (approx. 75 minutes)



You will receive an email with your username and order confirmation when you have purchased the course. The password you have chosen will not be stored into the system, so please remember to save your password.

If you encounter a problem with the online course please contact Cecilia Weckman,, and we will resolve the issue.



Payment options

We aim to make the purchase process as simple as possible and you can purchase the online course by credit card or PayPal.


The course material is divided into four topics and contains the following:


  • "The Work Disability Paradigm and its Arena: Think Different" 


  • 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 


Ute Bültmann, Professor of Work and Health
University Medical Center Groningen
The Netherlands

Angelique de Rijk, Associate professor
Maastricht University
The Netherlands

Kerstin Ekberg, Professor
Linköping University

Kari Haring, Medical advisor
The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK)

Merete Labriola
University of Aarhus

Patrick Loisel, Professor
University of Toronto

Kari-Pekka Martimo, Senior advisor
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH)

Jan Schugk, Chief Medical Officer
Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK)

Christian Ståhl, Associate professor
Linköping University