Goals – Worker Health Surveillance Program

The goals of the NIOSH Surveillance Program support all seven of NIOSH’s strategic goals included within the NIOSH Strategic Plan. The Surveillance Program has two categories of goals:

    1. Service goals
      • The Surveillance Program service goals reflect ongoing efforts to identify and track workplace injuries, illnesses, hazards, deaths and exposures in the United States. These service goals include efforts to:
        • maintain the timeliness and quality of NIOSH-based or NIOSH-enhanced surveillance systems
        • disseminate occupational safety and health surveillance data and make it easier to access and use
        • encourage the inclusion of information about work into other surveillance systems
    2. Research goals
      • Surveillance Program research goals focus on new surveillance methods, tools, and analytical techniques. The NIOSH Surveillance Program research goals are integrated into the NIOSH Program Portfolio (see the matrix below). This approach provides an added advantage allowing multiple programs to work towards accomplishing shared research goals.

The matrix below contains the Surveillance Program research goals by NORA sectors and cross-sectors. Click the links within the matrix to read the full text of the surveillance research goal.

NOTE: Spaces left blank indicate that no surveillance-related goal exists; for a full listing of NORA intermediate goals that cover all special interest areas, visit https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/about/strategicplan/researchgoals.html

NIOSH Program Grid: Intermediate Goals
Cancer, Reproductive, Cardiovascular, and Other Chronic Disease Prevention Hearing Loss Prevention Immune, Infectious, and Dermal Disease Prevention Musculoskeletal Health Respiratory Health Traumatic Injury Prevention Healthy Work Design and Well-Being
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing


Healthcare and Social Assistance
Oil and Gas Extraction
Public Safety
Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities
Wholesale and Retail Trade
Page last reviewed: October 16, 2019