The University of Cincinnati's training program in occupational and environmental health was initiated in 1947 as an outgrowth of its research activities. The research program in occupational health at the University of Cincinnati was initiated in 1924, and the initial Kettering Laboratory was built in 1930 to house and develop a University-based unit to which occupational health problems could be brought for study. The growth of the research program and subsequent initiation of an occupational health training program was a response to an urgent need, particularly since WWII, to identify, understand and control hazards of the workplace resulting from processes, materials and products which have adverse effects on human health and the ecosystem. The Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center at the University of Cincinnati provides multidisciplinary programs for academic and research training in the major fields of Occupational Safety and Health and related disciplines. These disciplines include: Occupational Medicine, Occupational Health Nursing, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety and Continuing Education/Outreach. A Hazardous Substance Academic Training program was created within the Industrial Hygiene program in 1993. While the major thrust of each core program is at the graduate education level, each of the core programs contribute to a well-developed continuing education effort and individually and collectively promotes outreach activity. In both the Occupational Medicine and Nursing programs there are well-defined curricula for undergraduate medical and nursing students. The details regarding the development, productivity, current and future plans for each core program are described in the body of this application. All core educational units provide curricula not only for their own students, but contribute significantly to the teaching and research experiences of students in other programs. This interdisciplinary aspect of the ERC, as well as interdisciplinary workshops, field and research experiences is the keystone of productive occupational and environmental health education and research. The four academic core units have established a required interactive Occupational Health, Hygiene and Safety Workshop for all of its students to foster interdisciplinary interaction among the students in year-long projects that they undertake. A number of seminars in the Department's Environmental Health Seminar series are devoted to topics of particular interest to ERC students. This University-based Occupational and Environmental Health Center involves the large Medical Center complex which consists of the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Health, and Pharmacy, three component University hospitals - The General Division, the C.R. Holmes Division and the Children's Hospital Medical Center; and the Colleges of Engineering, Law and the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, in the Cincinnati area there are national health and environmental agencies concerned with occupational and environmental hazards. There is also a large industrial complex with resources such as industrial, medical and safety programs, as well as potential hazards, which are materials for training. Two NIEHS-supported hazardous waste worker training centers, based in Cincinnati, one in the Department of Environmental Health, also contribute to the ERC mission. These training centers as well as a NIEHS-supported Superfund Basic Research Center also located in the Department of Environmental Health, provide additional opportunities for student development.
University of Cincinnati, Department of Environmental Health, Cincinnati, OH 45267-0056