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Academic Programs

Academic Programs

Administratively housed in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) in the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, the Illinois ERC provides graduate-level education in several occupational and environmental health and safety fields.  Below you will find a brief description of each of the academic programs that are supported by the Illinois ERC.  Unless otherwise noted, please visit the degrees section on the EOHS webpage for more detailed curriculum information and speak with the Academic Advisor (Ed Zordani, to obtain sample curriculum by semester schedule.

Industrial Hygiene

The Industrial Hygiene concentration is offered to degree candidates in the MS, MPH, and PhD programs. Students in this concentration will approach health hazards in the workplace and the general environment from an interdisciplinary perspective. The MS and MPH curricula give students both quantitative skills and field experiences that link exposure assessment to hazard reduction. Research skills are emphasized in the MS and PhD, while the MPH offers a practice-based approach to the field.

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Occupational Safety

The Occupational Safety concentration is offered in partnership with Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in the College of Engineering. This concentration offered to degree candidates in the MS, MPH, and PhD programs, will provide students a solid foundation in the prevention of acute traumatic injury in the occupational setting, and will help prepare students for leadership and research positions. The selected coursework will enable students to approach safety problems from an engineering hazard control perspective while understanding how these problems fit into the broader societal spectrum of the public’s health.

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Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology concentration is offered by the division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics within the UIC School of Public Health. This concentration, for MS and PhD candidates only, teaches students how to identify and interpret data relevant to occupational and environmental epidemiology. You can view the MS and PhD curriculum on the degrees section of the EOHS webpage. View faculty research interests by visiting Associate Professor Mary Turyk's faculty profile here or Professor Leslie Stayner's faculty profile here.


Agricultural Health & Safety

The Agricultural Health and Safety concentration is offered by the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) in Urbana-Champaign. This concentration for MS and PhD candidates provides a basic foundation in agricultural safety and health for students seeking careers in agricultural and rural-related professions.


Residency in Occupational Medicine

The Residency in Occupational Medicine is a two-year, ACGME-accredited training program leading to a MPH degree and board eligibility in Occupational Medicine. It is open to physicians who have completed an ACGME-accredited internship year in the U.S. and are eligible for medical licensure in Illinois.


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