Occupational Safety and Health Engineering Program, UC-NIOSH ERC

Jay Kim

Occupational Safety and Health Engineering (OSHE) is one of four core programs of the NIOSH Education and Research Center of the University of Cincinnati (UC-NIOSH ERC). UC-NIOSH ERC is one of the first centers of 17 ERCs supported by NIOSH in the US that aims at improving education and research activities in the occupational safety and health area. The OSHE program resides in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) at the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS). 
 
The primary objective of the OSHE Program is to provide engineering graduate students with research and training opportunities that will prepare them to become highly capable safety professionals to meet national and regional needs for occupational safety and health.  A secondary objective of the Program is to provide exposure to safety and health engineering for students in other engineering disciplines who will include safety and health considerations in their work couduct.  The OSHE Program trains students through a series of basic safety courses and an engineering research project focused on application of advanced engineering technologies to safety and health.  Graduates from the OSHE Program will become practitioners in public and private organizations specializing in safety, engineers who will design safety equipment or systems, as well as researchers focusing on occupational safety and health at national and industry laboratories and academia.