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 (IH), Occupational Health Nursing (OHN), Occupational Safety/Ergonomics (OS/E), 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, FAAN) 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; Gary Mirka, PhD, Safety/Ergonomics Program Director; and Kathleen Buckheit, MPH, Director of Continuing Education and Outreach and the Hazardous Substance Training Program. All programs are located at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, excepting Safety/Ergonomics which is at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. The NC OSHERC utilizes advisory boards for the overall Center and independently for several of the programs listed above. These committees consist of members from industry, government, and academia, and they provide input regarding curricula; needs assessment; and regional, national, and global perspectives on occupational health and safety. Each program area has a representative to the Center Advisory Board (see end document attachments). The Center Advisory Board has an additional labor/community and government representative and meets with the ERC Executive Committee to coordinate the advisory process, propose actionable items, and facilitate changes within the ERC. During the period from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2006 the UNC ERC graduated a total of 31 students in the core disciplines, and offered over 369 continuing education courses to nearly 6,630 professionals. The ERC remains committed to its mission of providing high quality education for the occupational and safety field.
Bonnie Rogers, DrPH, COHN-S, LNCC, FAAN, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599