The University of Cincinnati Education and Research Center (UC ERC) is administered through the Department of Environmental Health in the College of Medicine. Tiina Reponen, Ph.D., CIAQP is the ERC Director, assisted by Amit Bhattacharya, Ph.D., CPE as Deputy Director. The ERC unites departments in the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Engineering and Applied Science to provide a rich learning environment for the study of the generation, evaluation and control of occupational exposures to eliminate stressors that lead to reduced health and capacity. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has provided funding for the ERC since 1977.
Each academic training and service activity is led by a program director recognized as a specialist in his or her respective field. Drs. Reponen and Bhattacharya work with all of the program directors to fulfill the overall mission of the ERC.
Of particular importance are interdisciplinary educational opportunities, both on campus and off campus. On campus activities include the annual Careers Workshop and Pilot Project Symposium that brings together students and faculty interested in health and safety research. The annual topical workshop has dealt with Fire Fighter Health and Safety, Nanotechnology, sensors, Healthcare Ergonomics, Respiratory Protection in healthcare, and Regional Preparedness for Ebola Outbreaks. Off campus experiences have included visits to a surface coal mine, an underground coal mine, and a range of sites with the NY/NJ ERC Historical Tour including a winery, commercial fishing, granite quarrying and stone dressing, asbestos mining and milling and hazardous waste remediation. Students and faculty from all disciplines work together on a project to evaluate exposure and stresses during fire fighting and home healthcare. Descriptions of these and other activities are shown on our blog.
The classroom, field work and interdisciplinary educational opportunities away from campus provide graduates with specialized experiences in occupational safety and health.
Business aspects are coordinated through the Department of Environmental Health with the assistance of the business officials in the Colleges of Nursing and Engineering.