This is a summary of activities occurring in the Southern California Education and Research Center (ERC) during the 5 year period between July 1, 1994 and June 30, 1999. The ERC has provided academic training in 4 occupational health and safety disciplines until Year 14 when the Institute for Safety and Systems Management (ISSM) at USC closed, and the Occupational Safety and Health program ended, and the continuing education program relocated to USC School of Medicine campus. There are now 3 disciplines and they are occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, and occupational health nursing. These academic programs are centered at the University of Southern California (USC), the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of California at Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine. Occupational Medicine Programs are at USC School of Medicine and UCI. Industrial Hygiene is at the UCLA School of Public Health and Occupational Health Nursing is at UCLA. In addition to these 3 core academic programs there is a comprehensive range of Continuing Education and outreach activities. These 4 major activities of the ERC will be more fully described in subsequent sections. The Director of the ERC is John M. Peters, M.D., Professor and Director of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Deputy Director is William Hinds, Sc.D., Professor of Industrial Hygiene at the UCLA School of Public Health. Directors of the component programs are John Peters, M.D. in occupational medicine at USC, Dean Baker, M.D. in occupational medicine at UCI, William Hinds, Sc.D. in industrial hygiene at UCLA, Wendie Robbins, R.N., Ph.D. in occupational health nursing at UCLA and Ruth McIrityre-Birkner in continuing education at USC. The ERC derives considerable other support from State and federal funds. The state funded Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) directed by John Froines, Ph.D. at UCLA provides complementary funding, as does the COEH at UCI. Other research support, federal and state, provides support for scientific studies relevant to the goals of the ERC and to student training. Our ERC is characterized by interdisciplinary activities that enhance training and provide opportunities for each trainee to understand the roles and responsibilities of the other professionals in the occupational health and safety disciplines. USC, UCLA and UCI provide well equipped training facilities including classrooms, laboratories, clinical facilities, offices, extensive library services and a full range of computing capability.
University of Southern California, Division of Occupational and Environmental Health, 1540 Alcazar Street, Suite 236, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9013
University of Southern California, Division of Occupational and Environmental Health, Los Angeles, California