THANK YOU for your interest in the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS), and our training programs!
Take a moment to get to know a little more about us – and then tell us about yourself. We look forward to getting to know more about you, and how we can help you on your journey to a career in occupational health and safety!
Getting Started… What is MCOHS?
The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS) is one of 18 nationwide Education and Research Centers (ERCs) funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The purpose of the ERCs is to train the next generation of occupational safety and health (OSH) practitioners and researchers, providing national and world leadership to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses.
TOP TIER EDUCATION
MCOHS is housed within the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH), one of the premier schools of public health in the world, consistently ranked among the top 10 schools of public health in the nation (U.S. News & World Report). Through a wide array of academic programs, a strong research-to-practice model, and a dedicated commitment to a multidisciplinary, multidimensional approach to public health, SPH graduates are uniquely prepared for diverse, rewarding, and competitive career environments in public health.
PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION OF OHS PROFESSIONALS…
As an integral center within the school, MCOHS provides graduate academic and research training programs, continuing education and outreach activities, including research-to-practice, and serves as a regional resource for industry, labor, federal, state, and local government agencies, agriculture, and other interested parties.
Our long-standing and committed partnerships with major industries, healthcare institutions, and one of the best state health departments in the country provide our students with invaluable on-the-ground experience, collaboration with experts in the field, and potential career opportunities. An innovative administrative structure supports enhanced efforts in interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach, and strengthens diversity recruitment for the next generation of professionals.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) is committed to actively supporting and encouraging diversity and inclusion. SPH recognizes that systemic racism and oppression has led to health disparities, and are committed to making diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice central to the SPH mission.
MCOHS joins in this commitment, and works in close collaboration with the SPH Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to recruit and train a diverse student population that represents and reflects our entire community. MCOHS strongly values cultural and individual diversity, and equitable access to educational opportunities. In addition, a central theme of our center is addressing health disparities in occupational health and safety.
NEED HELP WITH THE COSTS? MCOHS OFFERS TUITION ASSISTANCE!
We know this “journey” can be cost-prohibitive. But did YOU know that tuition assistance is available for students in MCOHS training programs?
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provides stipend support and tuition reimbursement for eligible students enrolled in full-time programs of study. Students must be a U.S. citizen. International students are not eligible for a traineeship unless they have been admitted for permanent residency. This financial support is determined annually based on federal budget appropriations.
So… which program is the right path for you?
We strive to meet your needs as a student with excellent classroom instruction, individual faculty attention, high quality research-to-practice and outreach programs, and a clear path toward graduation.
There are a variety of occupational health and safety programs to choose from, depending on your area of interest and expertise, or the degree you wish to pursue. Take a “spin” through the programs to find one (or more!) that interest you … then CONTACT US for more information.
We’re here to guide you on your journey!