An innovative approach to interdisciplinary occupational safety and health education
Article first published online: 6 MAY 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 54, Issue 7, pages 515–520, July 2011
How to Cite
Rosen, M. A., Caravanos, J., Milek, D. and Udasin, I. (2011), An innovative approach to interdisciplinary occupational safety and health education. Am. J. Ind. Med., 54: 515–520. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20964
- Issue published online: 31 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 6 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 APR 2011
- safety and health education;
- innovative approaches;
- interdisciplinary education;
- graduate education
The New York and New Jersey Education and Research Center (ERC) provides a range of graduate continuing education for occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals in training. A key element of the education is to provide interdisciplinary training to industrial hygienists, ergonomists, occupational medicine physicians and other health and safety trainees to prepare them for the collaboration required to solve the complex occupational health and safety problems they will face in their careers.
This center has developed an innovative interdisciplinary training approach that provides an historical aspect, while allowing the graduate students to identify solutions to occupational issues from a multi-disciplinary approach. The ERC developed a tour that brings students to sites of historical and/or contemporary significance in the occupational safety and health and environmental fields.
The ERC has conducted five tours, and has included 85 students and residents as participants. 80% of participants rated the tour as providing a high amount of OSH knowledge gained. 98% of the participants felt the goal of providing interdisciplinary education was achieved.
This tour has been successful in bridging the OSH fields to better understand how occupational and environmental exposures have occurred, in order to prevent future exposures so that workplace conditions and health can be improved. Am. J. Ind. Med. 54:515–520, 2011. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.