University of Nebraska Medical Center

Agricultural Health and Safety Course for Medical and Safety Professionals

Agricultural Health and Safety Course for Medical and Safety Professionals

This course is designed to examine key health and safety issues specific to rural and agricultural workers.

Experts will present course material relevant to those working in health care, public health, education, and safety professions.

Course Dates

You may choose to participate in any or all of the three sessions. The in-person sessions will be held in Room 3013 of the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health. The live stream sessions will be delivered via Zoom. The links to the online modules will be sent via email.

July 18-19 Session A: Agricultural Health In-Person/Live Stream
July 20-21 Session B: Agricultural Safety and Prevention In-Person/Live Stream
July 18-Aug. 11 Session C: Special Topics Online Modules

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  1. Evaluate the core elements of agricultural medicine.
  2. Integrate the anticipation, recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of occupational and environmental illnesses and injuries within rural and agricultural communities.
  3. Qualify to become an AgriSafe Provider in order to develop sustainable agricultural occupational health and safety delivery programs within their region.

General Information

Agenda and Continuing Education Credits

Session A: Agricultural Health

Tuesday, July 18


Continuing Education Credits


The University of Nebraska Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The University of Nebraska Medical Center designates this activity for 16 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit for the actual time spent participating in the activity.


The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Center for Continuing Education, EMS and Trauma Division approves this educational opportunity for 16 hours of Emergency Medical Services Continuing Education.  Debbie VonSeggern, NRP, EMSI 



  • Agriculture 101
  • Introduction to Agricultural Medicine
  • Skin Diseases of Agricultural Workers
  • Agricultural Respiratory Diseases
  • Skin Cancer and Precancerous Lesions
  • Migrant and Immigrant Health
  • Behavioral Health Issues in the Farming Community
  • Health Effects of Agricultural Pesticides
  • Veterinary Pharmaceuticals, Biologicals, and Antibiotics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Case Presentations and Problem-Solving
  • Optimizing the Health of Women in Agriculture
  • Vector-Borne Diseases in Agricultural Communities
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases and Ergonomics in Agriculture
Session B: Agricultural Safety and Prevention
  • General Environmental Hazards in Agriculture
  • AgrAbility – A Resource for Farmers and Ranchers with Disabilities
  • Agricultural Resources for Health Professionals
  • Agricultural Trauma
  • Injury Prevention Using the Industrial Hygiene Paradigm
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 
  • Selecting the Right PPE for the Job and for the Person
  • Respiratory Fit Testing
  • Integrating Safety and Health into Health Care Practice
  • Farm Tour — Hazard Recognition; Noise Dosimetry; Machinery Description
Session C: Special Topics
  • Hearing Loss Prevention Among Agricultural Workers
  • Special Populations – Youth in Agriculture
  • Special Populations – Veterans Returning to Farming
  • Cancer in Agricultural Populations
  • Physical Factors Affecting Health in Agriculture

Registration Information

As a way of saying thank you to rural and urban health care providers, emergency services personnel, and those who provide other essential services to our communities, this course is offered free of charge. However, registration is required.

The textbook is available for purchase at $90 (optional).

The deadline to register is July 11, 2023.


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If you need assistance with online registration, please call our Registration Office at 402-559-5929.


If you are taking this course as part of a requirement or certificate program with the UNMC College of Public Health, please note that you must register with the College to receive your course credit.

How to Successfully Complete the Course

Sessions A and/or B

  • Sign in each day.
  • Attend the selected session in its entirety and review all online supplement modules.
  • Successfully complete the online post-test for each selected session — open-book, with 70% accuracy.
  • Complete the evaluation survey for the selected session.


The deadline to complete the course requirements including post-test(s) and evaluation(s) is Aug. 11, 2023.

Session C

  • Review all five online modules in their entirety.
  • Successfully complete the online post-test — open-book, with 70% accuracy.
  • Complete the evaluation survey.


The deadline to complete this session is Aug. 11, 2023.

Course Director

Ellen Duysen, MPH, COHC

Research Assistant Professor; Coordinator, CS-CASH, College of Public Health, UNMC

Ellen Duysen, MPH, COHC

Planning Committee

Valeta Creason-Wahl, HMCC
Ellen Duysen, MPH, COHC
Tori Greenlee
Heidi Keeler, PhD, RN
Renee Paulin, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Brenda Ram, CMP, CHCP
Risto Rautiainen, PhD
Debbie VonSeggern, NRP, EMSI
Aaron Yoder, PhD



2023 AgHealth Sponsors

This course is supported in part by NIOSH grant #5U54OH010162.