Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Grant No. T42-OH-008428, 2007 Dec; :1-71
The Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center (ERC) was established in 1977 in response to the need for interdisciplinary training programs that would help meet the need for a professional workforce dedicated to worker safety and health. Since that time, the center has prepared leaders in occupational safety and health research and practice in the following disciplines. Master's and doctoral training is provided in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (MHS, PhD, DrPH, ScD), Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (MPH, MSN/MPH, PhD, DrPH), Biomarkers of Occupational Exposure and Susceptibility research training (PhD, DrPH), Occupational Injury Prevention (PhD) and residency training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Continuing Education and Outreach components (including Hazardous Substance Training) bring the strengths of the core programs to practicing occupational safety and health professionals in Region III and beyond. Annual trainees per program have averaged 10 in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing, six to eight in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 20 in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, eight to 10 in Biomarkers research, and five to six in Occupational Injury Prevention. The Continuing Education program reaches working occupational safety and health professionals, totaling 5,402 in a total of 236 courses over this five-year period. This ERC has also had a significant impact on the training capacity of other institutions and thereby has enhanced the overall preparation of the occupational safety and health workforce throughout the nation. The Pilot Project Research Training Program has, since 2001, funded 50 projects, 21 of which were to students and junior faculty at 10 universities outside of Johns Hopkins. Additionally, several program graduates now serve in university faculty positions. Others hold significant leadership positions at the national level. The school and ERC programs maintain accreditation by all respective organizations. The school was recently reaccredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Additionally, the Occupational and Environmental Medicine program successfully completed the ACGME accreditation review and has been reaccredited for the maximum of five years. Likewise, the Occupational and Environmental Hygiene program was reaccredited through ASAC-ABET. Faculty members have extensive interdisciplinary research support and productive publication records that frequently include students as co-authors. Over the recent grant period, faculty and students produced more than 170 publications on work that was related to their role in the ERC. Additionally, ERC faculty hold leadership positions in professional societies and serve on major advisory and policy making committees. Their proficiency and recognition as national and international experts comprise a major strength of the center. There are approximately 120 million workers in the United States whose work-related health, quality of life and productivity are affected directly or indirectly by the expertise of safety and health professionals. The health needs of workers are best met by integrated teams of professionals, trained to work in an interactive setting, to provide care, set policy, design and manage safety and health programs, and conduct research that discovers new knowledge to advance the body of knowledge in this field. The Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center trains occupational hygienists, nurses, physicians, injury epidemiologists and specialized researchers to achieve this goal and also provides educational and outreach opportunities to practicing community partners. Thus, this ERC, through its interdisciplinary training mission, builds the national capacity to evaluate risks, detect and assess vulnerable populations, and deliver cost-effective and state-of-the-art care to prevent and mitigate health threats in the workplace.
Jacqueline Agnew, Education and Research Center Director, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD 21215