Residency Training Program
In 1947, the Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences, within the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine, created an Occupational Medicine Training Program. It is the oldest continuously running program in the Unites States, with more than 200 graduates to date. The University of Cincinnati has trained several times that number of students, residents, and practicing physicians as part of the undergraduate medical curriculum, various rotations for visiting physicians, and through continuing education programs.
The Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences houses the Kettering Laboratory, established more than 80 years ago to conduct biomedical studies of environmental health problems. The diverse scientific and educational interests of the Department include the understanding of the nature of occupational and environmental hazards, their biological and economic impact, and the development of methods of prevention, control, and treatment. The Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences is a designated research center for Environmental Health Science and is sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Besides the occupational medicine residency program, the department offers masters and doctoral degree programs in environmental health, public health, industrial hygiene, toxicology, epidemiology, and biostatistics.
The University of Cincinnati’s NIOSH Education and Research Center
The University of Cincinnati is one of 18 National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) sponsored Education and Research Centers (ERCs) in the country. The components of the university’s ERC include – occupational medicine, occupational health nursing, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, and continuing education. The NIOSH ERC provides a rich environment for the multi-disciplinary interactions between all occupational health professions.
The Training Program
The residency program provides a unique approach to occupational medicine training by it curriculum configuration, breadth of experiences offered, and its depth of faculty support. The University of Cincinnati program affords the resident the opportunity to integrate the clinical and the academic experiences throughout the two years of training. The specific courses offered address the basic components for preventive medicine residencies. Residents receive a Master of Public Health (MPH) upon completion of a required capstone experience. Upon completion of the Occupational Medicine Residency Training Program, residents meet all the requirements for occupational medicine board eligibility as set by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM).
The residency program values diversity, and residents come from a variety of backgrounds.