Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center - University of Minnesota School of Public Health


Working to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses and train Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) leaders and professionals through EDUCATION, RESEARCH, and OUTREACH

Graduate Training
MCOHS offers top tier Master's and Doctoral level graduate training in a variety of occupational health and safety programs with STIPEND SUPPORT and TUITION ASSISTANCE for full-time students.
Continuing Education
Our CE program provides face to face and online courses for occupational health and safety professionals.  Courses cover specific hazards and industries, emerging issues, certification and refresher programs.
MCOHS faculty, staff and students engage in outreach to address worker safety and health needs in our region, reach underrepresented communities, build partnerships with other OSH organizations, and evaluate the impact.


The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS) offers rigorous academic training and research in occupational safety and health.  Our faculty, staff, and vast network of partners in public health, business and industry, healthcare, and community engagement are here to help you gain skills and experience for a challenging and rewarding career in public health. The MCOHS offers MS, MPH and PhD degree programs.

Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology

The purpose of the OEE is to provide doctoral-level training to the next generation of public health scientists in academia, governmental agencies, private industry, and non-governmental organizations who will address emerging and re-emerging occupational health problems of working people in the United States and globally, and master’s level training to individuals who will practice in the occupational safety and health arena. Graduates of the program will have the knowledge and skills needed to identify the causes of occupational related diseases, and how to improve the overall health of working populations.

Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing

The Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) program prepares future leaders dedicated to the health and safety of people at work, their families, and the general community environment. Graduates work in a variety of settings – business, industry, health care and public health – to develop, manage and evaluate health services, programs, and policies designed to promote health and prevent work-related injuries and disease.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine

oemThe 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.

Occupational Hygiene

The Occupational Hygiene program focuses on the health and safety of people at work, the community at large, and the environment. Specific concerns are with the recognition, evaluation and control of potential workplace hazards, including chemical, physical and biological agents; and the potential health threats of these agents to the community and the environment.

Occupational Injury Prevention

Injury PreventionOccupational Injury Prevention (OIP), 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 approach to advanced academic and research training, with a primary goal to prevent and control occupational injuries.

Occupational Safety

The Occupational Safety (OS) Training Program prepares safety professionals to be ready to respond to employee and organizational safety needs in both small and large companies, within a wide range of public, private, and governmental entities. The curriculum is an intensive training program focused on the application of established OSH principles to prevent, reduce or control a wide range of OSH hazards. The curricula ensure that students obtain the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to become occupational safety leaders. Required and elective courses focus on the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace hazards.

Tuition Assistance
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.
The goal of our Center is to address existing and emerging issues in occupational health and safety, and implement innovative strategies to meet the unique and diverse needs of our region through interdisciplinary research-to-practice, collaborations and partnerships, and a pilot projects research training program.


Since 1977, the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS) Education and Research Center has served the Midwest region by offering graduate training programs, continuing education, research-to-practice, and outreach in the field of occupational health and safety.

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).

As an integral center within the school, MCOHS provides graduate training programscontinuing 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.


We strive to meet your needs as a student with diverse program options, excellent classroom instruction, individual faculty attention, high quality research-to-practice and outreach programs, and a clear path toward graduation.

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. Our graduates are uniquely prepared for diverse, rewarding, and competitive careers in public health.

PLUS… our training programs offer TUITION ASSISTANCE, funded by NIOSH.




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The outbreak of COVID-19 is rapidly changing, creating a significant challenge for public health departments, schools, community organizations, agriculture, employers, workers and the overall public. MCOHS, in collaboration with our partners and other education and research centers, has compiled a list of resources to assist in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.



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