Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) - Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM)

Beth Baker, MD, MPH, FACMT, FACOEM, Academic Program Director
Zeke McKinney, MD, MHI, MPH, FACOEM, Residency Program Director

The goal of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) Residency Training Program is to train physicians who will improve the health and safety of workers and be able to practice in a wide range of venues including government agencies, corporate health departments, clinical practice, or academia.

Central to this training has been an emphasis on providing a solid clinical basis for the practice of occupational medicine and the management of patients with work-related health problems, as well as the identification and remediation of occupational risks and hazards in the workplace. Additional emphasis is given to research in this field. All residents complete a research project during their training under the supervision of experienced faculty.

Our residency provides very strong clinical training in OEM, with currently four primary clinics around the Twin Cities where residents rotate and work with a variety of occupational populations, in addition to different demographic populations based on geography and various social factors. Residents are encouraged to pursue their passions and grow into thought leaders spanning the broad areas that our specialty covers.


The MCOHS Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) residency training program is one of the oldest in the country, and combines expertise within the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health (Division of Environmental Health Sciences) and HealthPartners’ Institute for Education and Research to produce physicians who will improve the health and safety of workers and who will be future leaders in the field.

The program offers a year of academic coursework, leading to a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree. Learn more about the degree.

This is followed by a year of occupational medicine training within the HealthPartners clinic system, at several corporations in the Twin Cities, at state agencies (OSHA) and within private practice settings. All residents complete a research project prior to graduation, under the supervision of experienced faculty.

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A major benefit of this program is the availability of financial support to cover eligible student tuition and fees through a training grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This financial support is determined annually based on federal budget appropriations. In addition, other funding sources may be available.