The Harvard Educational Resource Center for Occupational Safety and Health (renamed Harvard Education and Research Center in 1997) holds as its primary objective the training of leaders in occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, occupational health safety, and occupational epidemiology. Through a combination of practical and research-oriented coursework and field experiences, graduate students at the Center examine current problems relating to the workplace to learn methods and approaches to establish and healthy and safe work environments. The Master's Program in Industrial Hygiene enables graduates to move rapidly into positions of responsibility and industry. Graduates from the Program in Occupational Health Nursing, by virtue of a didactic program grounded in research methodology, have been able to expand the role of occupational health nursing in various settings. The Occupational Health Nursing Core exists in collaboration with Simmons College and provides two Master's-level options: a one-year practitioner track and a two-year dual-degree program as an occupational-health nursing practitioner with advanced interdisciplinary course of study in occupational health. Physicians training in the Occupational Medicine Core receive a Master's degree in a residency meeting the American Council for Graduate Medical Education and American Board of Preventive Medicine requirements for certification in Occupational Preventive Medicine. Finally, doctoral students are trained in occupational health, occupational epidemiology, industrial hygiene and occupational molecular epidemiology. Students in doctoral training are recruited from the very specialties related to occupational safety and health including occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, occupational- health nursing, and related fields such as biology, ergonomics, engineering, and environmental health. The programs in continuing education and outreach are dynamic and create efforts at serving the occupational safety and health needs of New England and the nation. They provide an integrative force linking to the community. Traditional advanced short-courses, offered in collaboration with the School's Center for Continuing Professional Education, are aimed at a national audience. There is also a separate slate of courses that focus on regional needs and audiences. The Outreach Program has been extremely successful in establishing a network of professionals in New England who are interested in occupational safety and health. That network has become stronger each year. While the ERC continues to serve the administrative and intellectual focus of the Outreach Program, much of the creative energy now stems from program participants. The Harvard ERC has grown significantly over the past five years. Within our traditional core programs, recruitment of high quality trainees remains a priority, and we continue to attract top-rate students. In the Occupational Epidemiology special component, we have expanded significantly, and now have the largest number of doctoral trainees in the ERC. Two new components have been added since 1998 ( off-cycle), including Occupational Health Services Research (co-directed by Dr. Eileen McNeely of the Harvard School of Public Health and Dr. Allard Dembe of U-Mass Medical Center in Worcester) and Injury Prevention Research Training (co-directed by Dr. Jack Dennerlein and Dr. Melissa Perry of the Harvard School of Public Health. These programs are up and running successfully. Finally, faculty additions and promotions have allowed the ERC to maintain its quality of research and training in its traditionally strong CORE components, while expanding into new areas of relevance to NORA.
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