The purpose of the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center (NC OSHERC) is to train practitioners and researchers in the disciplines of Industrial Hygiene (I H), Occupational Health Nursing (OHN), Occupational Epidemiology (OE), and Health Services Research in Occupational Safety and Health (HSROSH). The NC OSHERC is administered by an Executive Committee consisting of Center Director (Bonnie Rogers, DrPH, COHN-S, LNCC, FMN) who also serves as the Program Director for Occupational Health Nursing and the Health Services Research in Occupational Safety and Health Program; Leena Nylander-French, PhD, Industrial Hygiene Program Director; Dana Loomis, PhD, Occupational Epidemiology Program Director; and Larry Hyde, MS, Director of Continuing Education and Outreach and the Hazardous Substance Training Program. All programs are located at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The NC OSHERC utilizes advisory boards for the overall Center and for each of the programs listed above. These committees consist of members from industry, government, and academia, and they provide the various programs with input regarding curricula; needs assessment; and regional, national, and global perspectives on occupational health and safety. Each program advisory board has a chair who serves as a representative to the Center Advisory Board (see attachments). The Advisory Board contains an additionallabor/community and government representative and it meets with the ERC Executive Committee to coordinate the advisory process, propose action items, and facilitate changes within the ERC. During the period from July 1, 1998 to June 30, 2003 the UNC ERC graduated a total of 27 students in the core disciplines, and offered over 600 continuing education courses to nearly 11,000 professionals. The ERC remains committed to its mission of providing high quality education for the occupational and safety field.
School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599