The Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center at the University of Illinois exists to improve, promote, and maintain the health of workers and communities by applying innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to: 1. prepare professionals to be leaders in occupational and environmental safety and health who will direct and manage occupational and environmental safety and health programs, teach other occupational and environmental health professionals, and research issues pertinent to occupational and environmental safety and health; 2. provide continuing education to occupational and environmental health and safety professionals and outreach to workers and communities to improve their knowledge, skills, and awareness of key issues in occupational and environmental safety and health, devoting special attention to the problems and needs of at risk and underserved workers and communities; 3. contribute to the knowledge base in occupational and environmental safety and health by preparing doctoral students, performing faculty and student research on problems of regional, national, and global significance, and disseminating the results of their research; and, 4. serve as a regional information resource. The ERC has 6 academic training programs, 3 continuing education and outreach programs, a pilot project research training program (PPRT), a NORA research program, and an administrative core (AC). The 6 academic programs include 3 core disciplines, industrial hygiene (IH), occupational medicine (OM-UIC and OM-CCH), and occupational health nursing (OHN), a specialty track in the IH program in hazardous substances (HS-A), and a program in agricultural safety and health (ASH-A). Doctoral-level research training (PhD) is provided in the IH program. The continuing education and outreach (CEO) program provides continuing education for health professionals in the core disciplines (IH, OHN, OM, occupational safety), in agricultural safety and health (ASH-CE), and in hazardous substances (HST), as well as mandatory training in asbestos, lead, and radon safety and health. Training in the ERC is both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. The ERC is administratively part of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) division at the SPH. EOHS is one of four academic divisions in the SPH and administers the graduate training programs in IH, HS-A, and the AC, CEO, ASH-CE, HST, and PPRT programs. The OM program includes residency programs at two institutions: a straight occupational medicine residency program in EOHS, SPH, UIC and a combined occupational medicine/ internal medicine residency program at Cook County Hospital (one year of the CCH residency is an MPH in EOHS at SPH). The OHN program is in the UIC College of Nursing, Department of Public Health, Mental Health, and Administrative Studies. The ASH-A program is in the Department of Agricultural Engineering in the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The AC provides support for each of the component programs and manages interdisciplinary activities such as the Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety seminar series. The ERC has an Executive Committee composed of the ERC Director and Deputy Director as well as each program director. The ERC also has an external advisory committee that meets three times per year. Trainees in OM will have an MD or equivalent and need to complete a clinical internship in an approved US program. OM trainees complete an MPH degree at the SPH and a clinical year that includes rotations in clinical, public health, and in-plant settings. Trainees in IH/HS-A have a BS or equivalent with requisite math and science courses and complete an MS or PhD degree in the SPH. Trainees in OHN have a BS or equivalent and hold an RN and complete an MS degree in the College of Nursing with selection of a management or nurse practitioner track. Trainees in ASH-A must be in an academic program that will lead them to a professional position that will serve agricultural populations. Trainees will complete an MS or PhD degree in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; College of Medicine; College of Nursing; College of Engineering; or School of Public Health.
University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, EOHS (M/C 922) 2121 W. Taylor, Chicago, IL 60612