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Occupational Injury Prevention Research Training

oiprtStarr Sage presented results of her dissertation research at  the XVIII World Meeting of the International Society for Research on Aggression in Budapest, Hungary. Starr's attendance was sponsored by a New Investigator's Award, provided by the National Science Foundation, through the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA). View profile of Starr Sage.


Introduction to the Program

Susan Gerberich, PhD, and Bruce Alexander, PhD
Program Co-Directors

Occupational Injury Prevention Research Training (OIPRT), in concert with programs in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing, and Industrial Hygiene, among others, is part of the nationally funded Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety. This program provides a multifaceted and interdisciplinary approach to advanced academic and research training, with a primary goal to prevent and control occupational injuries.

Students will be engaged in course work and research in the general realm of injury epidemiology and control. Some examples of past and current research efforts, both epidemiological/surveillance and clinical investigations, have included agricultural trauma, low-back injury, repetitive motion trauma, health practices and injuries in the workplace, work-related amputations, transportation-related injuries, and work-related violence. Integral to these efforts is a basic understanding of dynamic interactions among the agents/energies (mechanical, chemical, thermal, electrical, radiation, etc.) and the hosts/worker populations within the environment.

The degree provided from this program is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Health. Learn more about the degree.

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2012 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting

Valerie Cade(November 2, 2012) – The 2012 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting was held October 27-31 in San Francisco, CA. The theme was "Prevention and Wellness Across the Life Span." Faculty, staff, students, and former students of the Midwest Center attended the annual meeting and dinners.

Pictured at right: Dr. Susan Gerberich with Drs. Kathleen Ferguson Carlson and Starr Kelly Sage, former OIPRTP doctoral students at the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section Dinner at The Box in San Francisco.


Students Create Websites for PubH 6120

(May 3, 2012) – Students in the Spring 2012 PubH 6120 course, Injury Prevention in the Workplace, Community, and Home,created and presented website projects on a variety of injury-relatedproblems.  Students selected their own topic of interest and created websites to present the information.  The projects identified injury problems related to the workplace, community or home, the magnitude of the problem to the degree thapxt it is known, and presented the trends, risk factors, estimated costs, and strategies for prevention and control of the injury problem.  The students presented their website projects on Monday, April 30, 2012.

The student website projects:

Modupeola Olufunmilayo Adewunmi and Sneha Raghavan
Youth Suicide

Nancy Bergman and Ighodalo Omondiagbe
Injury Prevention Regarding Electrical Injury in the Workplace

Rick Huewe
Back Injuries in Nursing

Shaista Malik
Stove Burst Injuries in South Asian Women

Shawn Olson
Motorcycle Rider Fatalities

Ron Spong
Unintentional Drowning



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