The mission of the Nordic Institute for Advanced Training in Occupational Health is set by the. The acronym NIVA originates from the Swedish language title Nordiska Institutionen för Vidareutbildning inom Arbetsmiljöområdet. NIVA gathers top experts and knowledge from the Nordic countries and transforms research findings into advanced courses and seminars within the field of occupational health and safety for researchers and practitioners from both the Nordic countries and worldwide.

Our Story

NIVA was founded in 1982 in Helsinki, Finland in conjunction with the Finnish Institute for Occupational Health (FIOH). Already at the time, there was a strong belief in the importance of discussing common Nordic occupational health and safety matters and in the power of gathering Nordic experts within the field. NIVA has been an active player in the field of occupational health and safety education for over 30 years. During this time, over 12 500 experts and specialists from over 40 countries have attended and networked in NIVA. Some 25 % of the attendees come from countries outside of the Nordics. Today, NIVA is the only institute in Europe that solely focuses on an international and advanced level of occupational education – course participants are accepted regardless of where in the world they come from.

Our Philosophy

We rely on our extensive network of occupational health and safety specialists throughout research institutions and organizations primarily in the Nordic countries but also from other places in the world. We believe in the power of networking and people meeting each other. The feedback we get from both attendees and lecturers gives us reason to carry on with the winning concept of offering a platform to meet and exchange ideas. In general, our courses take place in the Nordic capitals (with some exceptions) and last 2-3 days providing hardcore substance information and offering excellent networking opportunities. In the year 2017, we have launched our first online course and we are excited to see where this new endeavor will take us.

Programs taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

Courses

NIVA Education

This course will focus on age management practices in work organizations comprising not only organizational level activities, such as top management, HR-policy and line-m ... [+]

This course will focus on age management practices in work organizations comprising not only organizational level activities, such as top management, HR-policy and line-management practices, but also individual level activities, such as peer-support groups, self-help tools and work ability coaching. The purpose of the course is to provide participants clear insights of current empirical evidence of effectiveness of organizational and individual level activities in supporting longer and better working careers. Participants will gain understanding of theoretical background concepts and their practical application in form of concrete tools for work organizations as part of age management practices.... [-]

Finland Helsinki
Part-time
2 days
Campus
NIVA Education

Based on the most recent research, the course will update the participants’ knowledge on the causes, risk factors and consequences of bullying at work. The course will al ... [+]

Bullying and harassment at work is widely recognized as a serious safety and health problem in working life.

Course objectives

Based on the most recent research, the course will update the participants’ knowledge on the causes, risk factors and consequences of bullying at work. The course will also discuss the strategies for the prevention and management of bullying and harassment at work. Special focus will be on the prevention and management of bullying at work, investigation of cases, as well as on treatment of targets of bullying.

The course will also give the participants a forum and an opportunity to explore and discuss the issue with people who work in different roles for the prevention and management of bullying and harassment.... [-]

Denmark Copenhagen
Full-time
3 days
Campus
NIVA Education

Diversity management can be seen as an internal process aiming at creating a positive work environment by taking individual differences into consideration. Diversity is a ... [+]

Diversity and Inclusion Management – tools for creating fruitful work environment, organization culture and competitive advantage

Diversity management can be seen as an internal process aiming at creating a positive work environment by taking individual differences into consideration. Diversity is about acceptance and respect. On the other hand, diversity is also a cause of misunderstanding, suspicion and conflict in the workplace that can result in absenteeism, poor quality, low morale and loss of competitiveness.

Course objectives

Diversity is seen as something that is good for business and for the work environment. According to the diversity paradigm, a diverse workforce should be considered a competitive advantage. In a constantly changing world organizations need to adapt to rapidly changing markets. A workforce mirroring the structure of the market is able to react swiftly to evolving environments.... [-]

Norway Oslo
Full-time
3 days
Campus
NIVA Education

The digital work environment presents challenges in terms of information and communication overflow, flexible/boundless work, poor usability of IT systems, technology has ... [+]

The digital work environment presents challenges in terms of information and communication overflow, flexible/boundless work, poor usability of IT systems, technology hassles and competence problems. These are stressors that contribute to mental and physical strain, as well as to productivity loss.

Course objectives

To increase knowledge about occupational health issues in relation to the digital work environment To bring together knowledge from different disciplines to propose work organization solutions that ensure recovery, health, performance and productivity, for a sustainable digital work environment.

Target group Researchers PhD students Human Resources Occupational Health Services Course outline ... [-]
Sweden Stockholm
Part-time
3 days
Campus
NIVA Education

This course will discuss the special risks of work in the Arctic environment. The participants will learn about the solutions for minimizing the risks in different occupa ... [+]

This course will discuss the special risks of work in the Arctic environment. The participants will learn about the solutions for minimizing the risks in different occupations.

Course objectives

To provide participants with knowledge of the special risks of the work in the Arctic environment and the solutions for minimizing the risks in different occupations.

Target group

OHS and HR personnel in Arctic companies

Course outline

Lectures and team work

Main topics Effects of cold on humans Protection against the cold Performance in the cold Shift work Offshore work Mining work Work in the heights Background

Both the work and the climate is changing in the Arctic regions. Workers have to adapt to new occupations and migratory workers have to adapt to a new environment and a new climate as well. In spite of global warming, cold stress will remain a special risk in Arctic work, together with long distances and huge seasonal variation in light. There are however common and industrial branch specific solutions for maintaining well-being, health and safety in the Arctic.... [-]

Finland Helsinki
Full-time
3 days
Campus
NIVA Education

As intervention research has become increasingly more common during the last decade, the need to learn how to evaluate such studies in a way that increases our knowledge ... [+]

Implementing and evaluating organizational interventions – Recent developments. As intervention research has become increasingly more common during the last decade, the need to learn how to evaluate such studies in a way that increases our knowledge about the how, why and for whom interventions work has increased.

Course objectives

Participants will be introduced to process evaluation including relevant frameworks, data collection and analysis. An important part of the course is the knowledge on how such information can be used to successfully plan, develop and implement organizational interventions.

This course has been accepted as a theoretical course (13 hours) demanded in the medical specialist education in the training programs of occupational health services at the University of Helsinki in Finland. The acceptance is valid for the specialist training programs at the Faculty of Medicine of all Finnish universities.... [-]

Iceland Reykjavík
Full-time
3 days
Campus
NIVA Education

The course will consist of a mix of lectures and discussions on the role of lean, the work environment and sustainable production processes in practical lean implementati ... [+]

The course will consist of a mix of lectures and discussions on the role of lean, the work environment and sustainable production processes in practical lean implementation or the participant’s research projects. Basic lean literature will be distributed to participants before the course. The participants will also be asked to prepare a brief introduction of their research project or lean implementation activities.

The course can be approved as a Phd-course with 3,5 ETCS at Aalborg University.

This course has also been accepted as a theoretical course (10 hours) demanded in the medical specialist education in the training programs of occupational health services at the University of Helsinki in Finland. The acceptance is valid for the specialist training programs at the Faculty of Medicine of all Finnish universities.... [-]

Denmark Copenhagen
Full-time
4 days
Campus
NIVA Education

REACH and OSH legislations are aiming at the same goal: safety, health and wellbeing of a worker handling chemical substances at work. Terminology and the overall languag ... [+]

REACH and OSH legislations are aiming at the same goal: safety, health and wellbeing of a worker handling chemical substances at work. Terminology and the overall language used within these legislative frameworks differ from each other. At an average European workplace the personnel handling REACH issues or CAD issues may be different. Registrant and a downstream user may have difficulties in communication. In addition to the practical issues causing discrepancies, in a broader perspective, also more profound differences in the philosophy of the two sets of legislation can be pointed out. This has to be understood in order to guarantee proper implementation. A good example of this is setting the European OELs vs. DNELs.... [-]

Finland Helsinki
Full-time
3 days
Campus
NIVA Education

The purpose of the course is to present and discuss some key concepts – for example work engagement, positive leadership, and job crafting – in positive work-life psychol ... [+]

How to develop workplaces, work tasks and social relationships at work to provide people with best opportunities for self-fulfillment, growth and good performance? How to enhance individual resources and motivation at workplaces e.g. via leadership so that employees will be creative, innovative, engaged, committed and productive at their work?

Course objectives

The purpose of the course is to present and discuss some key concepts – for example work engagement, positive leadership, and job crafting – in work life positive psychology. Focus will also be on practical measures and positive interventions building on the job and personal resources. The course aims to facilitate research as well as practice from a positive psychology perspective by:... [-]

Iceland Reykjavík
Full-time
3 days
Campus
NIVA Education

Work disability occurs when a worker is unable to resume or remain at work because of a health problem. The productivity loss resulting from poor employee health or work ... [+]

Work disability occurs when a worker is unable to resume or remain at work because of a health problem. The productivity loss resulting from poor employee health or work disability imposes large individual, social, and economical burdens and is a major concern to workers, their families, employers, policy makers, insurers, and occupational health service providers. Work disability and consequences can be reduced or even prevented.

Course objectives

To develop transdisciplinary WDP knowledge, skills and attitudes in Ph.D. students, post-doctoral fellows and practitioners with a master’s degree who are linked to the WDP field. The program will be adapted to fulfill the competence needs for both researchers and practitioners. This course has been accepted as a theoretical course (22 hours) demanded in the medical specialist education in the training programs of occupational health services at the University of Helsinki in Finland. The acceptance is valid for the specialist training programs at the Faculty of Medicine of all Finnish universities.... [-]

Sweden Alsike
Full-time
5 days
Campus
NIVA Education

A good indoor environment has a significant effect on people’s health, well-being and work performance. The design of workspaces must take into account the activities and ... [+]

A good indoor environment has a significant effect on people’s health, well-being and work performance. The design of workspaces must take into account the activities and tasks that are to be carried out in the office.

Course objectives

Purpose of the course is to provide a multidisciplinary overview on workspaces promoting health and well-being of users. The purpose is also to introduce user-centered, participatory approach for workplace design and workplace changes. Scope of the course is on modern office environments, like multispace offices, research and learning environments as well as the social and health care sector.

Target group Occupational health and safety professionals Architects Workplace designers Interior designers Workplace owners and managers Human resources managers and developers Researchers Practitioners Consultants Course outline ... [-]
Finland Helsinki
Full-time
3 days
Campus