Berkeley, CA: University of California, Grant No. T42-OH-008429, 2007 Nov; :1-61
The Northern California ERC was established in 1982. During the first twenty years of its existence, it has provided professional and research training at the graduate and post-graduate levels in industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, occupational health nursing, and ergonomics. A clinic administered by the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Division at UCSF provides interdisciplinary training for the residents and the nursing, industrial hygiene, and ergonomics students. In addition to academic training, the ERC provides a wide spectrum of continuing education and outreach activities. These programs are located on two campuses of the University of California - Berkeley (UCB) and San Francisco (UCSF). Located at Berkeley are industrial hygiene, the Labor Occupational Health Program, ergonomics (jointly with UCSF) and the Continuing Education Program, including the Hazardous Substances Training Program. An Occupational Medicine Residency Program and the Occupational Health Nursing Program are housed in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, respectively, at San Francisco. Robert C. Spear, PhD has been the director of the ERC since its inception, and Suzanne Llewellyn, M.Ed., was the administrative officer for this length of time as well. In 2006, John R. Balmes, MD, assumed the director's role, and Marion Gillen, RN, MPH, PhD, former director of the occupational and environmental health nursing program, accepted the role of deputy director. Planning for both of these transitions was extensive, and both Dr. Spear and Ms. Llewellyn remain active in the ERC despite these role transitions. The ERC is complemented by the state-funded Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), directed by Professor John R. Balmes for the last five years. COEH comprises the same programs as the ERC at Berkeley and UCSF, plus programs at UC Davis, and the education and outreach programs of the Labor Occupational Health Program. Most importantly, COEH provides funding for the faculty and staff infrastructure that supports the teaching programs at Berkeley, UC Davis, and UCSF. The University provides fully equipped teaching facilities at all of the ERC locations. They include classrooms, faculty and staff offices, laboratories, and clinical facilities. All of the campuses have an extensive library and are connected into the University's system-wide library. They also have essential computing resources.
John R. Balmes, M.D., Northern California Education and Research Center, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of California, School of Public Health, Berkeley, CA 94720