The Environmental and Occupational Medicine Residency Program is a two-year program that trains physician specialists for productive careers in Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM). The program provides the academic and clinical skills necessary to identify, prevent, and treat work-related illnesses and injuries, and to perform effectively in rapidly changing legal and social environments. During the academic year, residents earn an MPH degree with concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH). The program develops academic skills in epidemiology, biostatistics, toxicology, industrial hygiene, behavioral sciences, and health education, health policy and management, occupational health practice, clinical occupational medicine, and environmental health sciences. During the practicum year, residents select from diverse occupational medicine rotations in Atlanta and in other parts of the country as well as the full range of clinical specialty rotations offered by Emory HealthCare. The practicum rotations offered by the Occupational Medicine Residency include two multi-client private practices, aircraft manufacturing, commercial automobile manufacturing, passenger air transportation, automobile manufacturing, paper production, government science and regulatory agencies. Popular clinical specialty rotations include dermatology, pulmonary medicine, rehabilitation medicine, ophthalmology, and orthopedics. Residents complete a practicum year research project in addition to the MPH year research project. Residents also participate in several continuity experiences. These include the Occupational and Environmental Consultation Service, the Georgia Poison Control Center, the DeKalb County Occupational Health Clinic, and weekly seminars and conferences in the EOH department. The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology MSPH program prepares graduates to function as occupational epidemiologists in public health practice settings (in government, nonprofit or private sector), as assistant researchers, or to continue their training at the doctoral level. Epidemiologic methods have emerged as perhaps the most widely used tool in the evaluation and control of the health effects of occupational and environmental exposures. For each of the disease and injury priority research areas in the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA), epidemiologic research is an essential tool. Emory's program combines training in epidemiologic skills with knowledge of the substantive area of occupational and environmental health to prepare graduates for careers in occupational epidemiology. The curriculum for the joint MSPH degree provides a rigorous foundation in analytical epidemiology and biostatistics. It also provides a strong foundation in occupational and environmental health; graduates are familiar with the principles of exposure assessment and industrial hygiene, occupational health policy, and toxicology. In addition to coursework, the joint MSPH requires a thesis documenting competence in mastering the concepts of epidemiology and the content area of occupational/environmental health. The student is required to conduct original publishable research that applies analytic epidemiologic methods to an occupational/environmental health question. In general students are directed to ongoing research projects, or existing databases, and are assisted by their faculty advisor in defining and carrying out independent analyses using these resources.
Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Environmental & Occupational Health Department, 1518 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta GA 30322
Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Environmental & Occupational Health Department, Atlanta GA