One of 18 regional education and research centers (ERCs), the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center is situated in the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, part of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Centers were established by NIOSH to assure an ample supply of well-trained professionals in the area of occupational safety and health.
Through academic programs and continuing education, the goal of the NC ERC is to provide quality educational opportunities for those with the responsibility of ensuring safety and health in the workplace. It shares responsibility for the eight southeastern states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky.
The mission of the NC OSHERC at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is to prepare occupational safety and health professionals to promote and protect worker health. This is accomplished through the provision of high quality interdisciplinary education and training, research and service in occupational safety and health.
The following Masters and PhD degrees are offered in these program areas:
Students admitted to these degree programs are eligible for competitively awarded traineeships which provide tuition and fees, as well as monthly stipends.
In addition to the academic programs, extensive continuing education programs are provided. These courses are offered on both an open registration basis as well as on a contract basis for specific companies. The courses offered cover many topics in industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, occupational medicine, safety and environmental areas. Course descriptions, agendas, faculty, etc. for these courses are available in the Continuing Education Class section of this website.
Bonnie Rogers, DrPH, COHN-S, LNCC, FAAN, Director, NC Occupational Safety & Health Education & Research Center and Occupational Health Nursing Program
Kathleen Buckheit, MPH, RN, COHN-S/CM/SM, FAAOHN, Continuing Education Director
Peggy Schalk, Assistant Continuing Education Director
Teresa Riley, Course Manager
Kelly Brooks, Course Manager