Occupational Skin Disorders in Agriculture

Category: Agricultural Health, Occupational Safety and Health, Rural Health

The goal of this course is for rural health and safety professionals to be able to identify common skin diseases in agricultural settings and recognize potential worker health effects associated with these hazards, and apply controls to prevent injury and illness in agricultural workplace.  

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course is rural health professionals.


The length for this course is approximately 60 minutes depending on the individual user. Upon completion of the course, you will get a certificate of completion from the Great Plains Center of Agricultural Health at the University Of Iowa College Of Public Health.

Prerequisite Requirement

NA, however, it is advisable that you have some basic understanding of agricultural environment.

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

Domain 3: Communication Skills

  • 3A2. Communicates in writing and orally with linguistic and cultural proficiency (e.g., using age-appropriate materials, incorporating images).

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe common skin diseases that can affect agricultural workers.
  • Recognize the hazards and work practices that increase the risk of skin diseases.
  • Apply appropriate prevention strategies using the "Hierarchy of Controls." 

Before you begin, please take the pretest. The pretest score will not be counted toward your final score.


The content for this course is about the common skin diseases that can affect agricultural workers.

The course includes a learning module with interactivity and scenario application activities, a list of resources, and a posttest at the end of this course. A Certificate of Completion is awarded on successful completion of this course. In order to successfully complete this course, you MUST score 70% or higher on the posttest. If you do not receive 70% on the posttest, you may review the material and re-take it.



The following organizations collaborated on the development of this course: The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health and the Midwestern Public Health Training Center, University of Iowa College of Public Health (MPHTC–UICPH).

This project is supported by Grant Number 5 U54 OH007548-11 from CDC – NIOSH for the Agricultural Medicine Core Course (Diane Rohlman, PI) a project within the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (Renee Anthony, PI).  Course contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC or NIOSH.