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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 Goodwin Gerberich, PhD, and Marizen R Ramirez, 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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Andy Ryan Receives Excellence in Mentoring Award

Valerie CadeAndrew D. Ryan, MS, MCOHS Program Manager, Database Manager, Statistical Analyst, and Senior Research Fellow received the 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Award from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The award was presented at the School of Public Health Faculty and Staff Recognition event on May 11, 2016.  The event recognized SPH faculty and staff for their excellence and innovation in teaching, mentoring, advising; their impact in the field of public health; and leadership and contributions SPH and the University.

Congratulations Andy!

Students Create Websites for Injury Prevention Course

Students in the Spring PubH 6120 course, Injury Prevention in the Workplace, Community, and Home, create and present website projects on a variety of injury-related problems. Students select their own topic of interest and create websites to present the information. The projects identify injury problems related to the workplace, community, or home, the magnitude of the problem to the degree that it is known, and present the trends, risk factors, estimated costs, and strategies for prevention and control of the injury problem.

Examples of student website projects:

Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace
Maggie Dake

Occupational Injuries Among Oil and Gas Workers
Olumide Opeke

Occupational Falls and their Prevention
Marshall Engstrom and Ali Zhang

Occupational Fatalities Among Hispanic Immigrants
Colton Porter

Occupational Injuries and Deaths in Young Workers
Olaoluwa Lediju

Recreational Downhill Injuries
Ryan Klein, Kurt Prieve, and Nathan Tilghman, M.D.

Unintentional Firearm Injury
Justin Munafo

U.S. Army Vehicle Crashes
Arslan S. Chaudhry

Workplace Violence Against Nurses in the US
Navneet Kaur Baidwan



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