The majority of the world’s population are economically active and have to earn a living, spending at least one third of their time at the workplace. Fair employment and decent work are important social determinants of health, and a healthy workforce is an essential prerequisite for productivity and economic development. In spite of the fact that many people spend most of their time at work, only a small proportion of the global workforce has access to occupational health services for primary prevention and control of occupational and work-related diseases and injuries. Certain global health problems, such as Non-Communicable Diseases (NICDs) result in increasing rates of long-term illness, which cause absence from work. These problems challenge health systems’ ability to preserve and restore the capacity of workers to remain economically active (WHO 2013:8).

The World Health Organization’s Global Plan of Action on Workers Health 2008- 2017 states that workers represent half the world’s population and that they are major contributors to economic development. It calls for effective interventions to prevent occupational hazards and to protect and promote health at the workplace and access to occupational health services.

Who Should Enrol

The course is developed for and aimed at employers and employees in the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe workplace wellness.
  • Discuss the important role that the Wellness Champion plays in supporting wellness in the workplace.
  • Identify ways to develop a culture of wellness.
  • Describe the planning and implementation of wellness programmes.
  • Identify the practical strategies for maximising engagement and overcoming barriers in the workplace.
  • Explain the value of behaviour programmes.
  • Explain the health screening and maintenance plans in wellness programmes.
  • Discuss stress and mental health as part of wellness programmes.
  • Discuss the evaluation of wellness programmes.

Course Design

This is an eLearning course.

Course Content

The following modules are included in this short course:

  1. Concepts of a health and wellness programme                                          
  2. Health behaviour programmes                                                                          
  3. Physical health and substance use programmes                                            
  4. Health screening and health maintenance                                                       
  5. Stress and mental health                                                                                    
  6. Mentorship and support                                                                                      
  7. Need assessment                                                                                                 
  8. Planning process of wellness programme                                                       
  9. Implementation process of a wellness programme                                       
  10. Culture of wellness                                                                                               
  11. Evaluation of wellness programmes  


Participants are assessed by means of multiple-choice questionnaires at the end of each module. In order to be successful a pass rate of 50% is required.


FPD will award successful participants with a certificate on completion of this course should they successfully complete the assessment process.

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