WELCOME - Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center



THANK YOU for your interest in the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS), and our training programs!

Take a moment to get to know a little more about us – and then tell us about yourself.  We look forward to getting to know more about you, and how we can help you on your journey to a career in occupational health and safety!


Getting Started… What is MCOHS?

The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS) is one of 18 nationwide Education and Research Centers (ERCs) funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  The purpose of the ERCs is to train the next generation of occupational safety and health (OSH) practitioners and researchers, providing national and world leadership to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses.


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). Through a wide array of academic programs, a strong research-to-practice model, and a dedicated commitment to a multidisciplinary, multidimensional approach to public health, SPH graduates are uniquely prepared for diverse, rewarding, and competitive career environments in public health.


As an integral center within the school, MCOHS provides graduate academic and research training programs, continuing 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.

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.  An innovative administrative structure supports enhanced efforts in interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach, and strengthens diversity recruitment for the next generation of professionals.


The University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) is committed to actively supporting and encouraging diversity and inclusion. SPH recognizes that systemic racism and oppression has led to health disparities, and are committed to making diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice central to the SPH mission.

MCOHS joins in this commitment, and works in close collaboration with the SPH Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to recruit and train a diverse student population that represents and reflects our entire community.  MCOHS strongly values cultural and individual diversity, and equitable access to educational opportunities.  In addition, a central theme of our center is addressing health disparities in occupational health and safety.


We know this “journey” can be cost-prohibitive.  But did YOU know that tuition assistance is available for students in MCOHS training programs?

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.

So… which program is the right path for you?

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

There are a variety of occupational health and safety programs to choose from, depending on your area of interest and expertise, or the degree you wish to pursue.  Take a “spin” through the programs to find one (or more!) that interest you … then CONTACT US for more information.

We’re here to guide you on your journey!

Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology


The OEE program provides support for training in the epidemiology of diseases related to the working or natural environment. 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.

Degree Options:
  MPH, MS, PhD

Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing


The OEHN program prepares future leaders dedicated to the health and safety of workers, their families, and the community. MPH graduates work in business, industry, health care and public health to promote health and prevent injuries. PhD graduates educate future generations and conduct research.

Degree Options:
  MPH, PhD

Occupational and Environmental Medicine


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.

Degree Options:

Occupational Injury Prevention


The OIPRT 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.

Degree Options:
  MPH, MS, PhD

Industrial Hygiene


The IH 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 to the community and the environment.

Degree Options:
  MS, MPH, PhD

Occupational Safety


The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Master of Environmental Health and Safety (MEHS) Program is an established program of high-reputation for training safety professionals.  The Occupational Safety (OS) training program builds on the rigorous one-year MEHS training at UMD with courses, seminars, and field work to train and place occupational safety professionals needed to address work-related injury and illness.

Degree Options:


It’s the first stop on the road to a career in Occupational Health and Safety.