NC OSHERC markDegrees and certificates are offered in the below program areas. Students admitted to these degree programs are eligible for competitively awarded traineeships that provide tuition and fees, as well as monthly stipends.

Occupational Exposure Science/Industrial Hygiene (OES/IH)

To educate highly qualified professional industrial hygienists and scientists with strength in the interdisciplinary discipline of occupational exposure science (OES) and industrial hygiene (IH), i.e., fundamental principles involved in anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of factors arising in the workplace that adversely impact human health and well-being.
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The OES/IH program prepares graduates with an interdisciplinary outlook for relevant careers in research, teaching, or professional practice. Trainees are provided with unique resources and interdisciplinary opportunities for education in research and practice of advanced OES and IH that are needed by today’s rapidly changing industry. Our training encompasses a full range of applications in exposure science, including exposure analysis via quantitative measurements of external exposure and biomarkers of exposure, toxicology assessment, and advanced mathematical and statistical modeling to predict how toxic compounds enter and are dispersed throughout the body or are distributed throughout populations, to increase our knowledge of the mechanisms and dynamics of events either causing or preventing adverse health outcomes for science-based risk assessment in the workplace.

Program Director
Leena Nylander-French, PhD, CIH
Director, Occupational Exposure Science/Industrial Hygiene Training Program
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box 7431
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7431
Phone: (919) 966-3826

For more information, visit the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering.

Occupational Safety and Ergonomics

To train students to become the occupational safety and ergonomics practitioners of the future while conducting scholarly research in the areas of occupational biomechanics, occupational safety and cognitive ergonomics.
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MSIE (thesis masters degree), MIE (non-thesis masters degree), BSMS (five-year combined bachelors and masters degree), PhD

The program, located in the Department of Industrial Engineering at North Carolina State University, considers all aspects of safety and ergonomics, including occupational safety, systems safety, cognitive ergonomics, and physical ergonomics, as well as cross-disciplinary topics, such as industrial toxicology and epidemiology, that are available through the NC OSHERC.

Program Director
Xu Xu, PhD
Director, Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Training ProgramDirector, The Ergonomics Laboratory
Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering
North Carolina State University
400 Daniels Hall
111 Lampe Dr.
Raleigh, NC 27695-7906
Phone: (919) 513-7205

For more information, visit Dr. Xu’s NC State faculty page.

Occupational Medicine

The major goal of our program is to train ethical, board-certified, occupational physicians who possess the knowledge and skills necessary to provide occupational and environmental health professional services in a wide variety of settings, including academia, public health agencies, corporate occupational health, and community-based clinical occupational medicine. The knowledge and skills necessary to practice preventive medicine and occupational medicine are acquired over the course of a career and lifelong learning skills are emphasized.
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Degree Offered

  • Degrees offered: Residents can complete an MPH or MSPH in several areas of specialization including epidemiology, industrial hygiene, public health leadership and health policy and administration. All residents are required to complete core courses, electives and clinical training requirements during a 24-month long residency. Click here for a list of courses.

The residency is accredited by the ACGME and provides residents with the qualifications to meet the American Board of Preventive Medicine eligibility requirements for specialty board certification in Occupational Medicine. The Duke Occupational and Environmental Clinic (DOEMC) is a member of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinics (AOEC), a nationally recognized network of clinics dedicated to the ethical practice of occupational medicine, research, education, and the prevention and treatment of occupational and environmentally induced diseases. The residency program is funded through a NIOSH Grant at The NC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center (NC OSHERC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;  industry grants; and clinical revenue from the DOEMC.

Program Director
Dennis Darcey, MD, MSPH, FACOEM
Program Director
Occupational Medicine Residency Program
Phone: 919-286-3232

Carol Rourk, MBA
Residency Program Coordinator

Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Duke University Medical Center
PO Box 3834
Durham, NC 27710
Fax: 919-286-1021

For more information, visit Dr. Darcey’s faculty page.

Occupational Epidemiology

To train highly-qualified scientists who will develop and apply the theory, method, and substance of epidemiology to protect workers’ safety and health.

The program offers four major areas of occupational research focus:

  • injuries and musculoskeletal disorders
  • cancer
  • reproduction
  • epidemiologic research methods
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Degrees Offered

  • Degrees offered: MS, MSPH is an intermediate step to the PhD; MPH Degree is available as a terminal professional degree for physicians and others with prior doctoral-level professional degrees, PhD.

The program emphasizes research training at the doctoral level. Completion of the

The PhD in epidemiology prepares students for careers in research and teaching. Students develop skills in occupational epidemiology through course work, involvement in research projects and practice opportunities.

Program Director
Lawrence Engel, PhD
Director, Occupational Epidemiology Program
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box  #7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7435
Phone: 919-962-2756

For more information, visit Dr. Engel’s profile page.

Director: Leena Nylander-French, PhD, CIH
CB #7431, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7431
(919) 966-3826

Director of Outreach and Continuing Education: John A. Staley, PhD, MSEH
CB #7502, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7502
Outreach and Continuing Education Program Manager: Emily McAden, MSPH
Office Administrator: Julie Maness Myers
General Inquiries: