The Region IX NIOSH ERC for Southern California is composed of four core academic programs, five correlated programs, and Center Administration. The core programs are one each in industrial hygiene (I H) and occupational health nursing (OEHN) and two in occupational medicine (OM (UCLA) and OM (UCI). The correlated programs are Continuing Education and Outreach (CE/O), Hazardous Substances Training (HST), Hazardous Substances Academic Training Program (HSAT), Pilot Project Research Training Program (PPRT), and NORA Research Support Program (NORA/RS). Seven of these programs (the four academic programs, Center Administration, CE/O, and NORA/RS) are included in this Final Progress Report. Major organizational changes to our center have been implemented during the reporting period. These changes have enhanced our programs and added new and important strengths to our Center. The Center administration moved from USC to UCLA on July 1,2000. Dr. William Hinds, formerly Associate Director, took over as Director from Dr. John Peters at that time. Also the UCLA/USC occupational medicine residency program moved to UCLA with Dr. Philip Harber as Director. The continuing education program moved to UCLA and Claudia Molina became director in 2001. It continues to be an important source of education and outreach for occupational safety and health professionals in Region IX through its high quality, multidisciplinary education and outreach activities. A new program for NORA Research Support was started in 2002 with Dr. Dean Baker of UC Irvine as Program Director. Its goal has been to support implementation of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) by facilitating interdisciplinary research in NORA priority areas and supporting research training of doctoral students in ERC programs. The IH, OEHN, and OM programs continue as well-established programs with stable student enrollment and core faculty. A new ERC Center web site has been established at http://www.ph.ucla.edu/erc/
. The complexion of the field of occupational health and safety is continually changing with the growing recognition of new occupational health and safety problems, such as repetitive trauma, homeland security and disaster response, and the expansion of occupational health and safety to include more environmental issues. Because of these changes we have introduced more than 14 new or modified courses in our core academic programs during the reporting period. The changes in the nature of work have created significant psychosocial stress in the work environment. This stress can lead to cardiovascular disease, hypertension, musculoskeletal disorders and psychological problems. In response to these changes we have undertaken an ERC-wide effort to develop courses, field practicum, and research in the area of psychosocial stresses in the workplace. Through these efforts the Southern California ERC continues to fulfill its mission of protecting and improving worker health through education, research, and service.