Summer program builds careers in occupational health and safety

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Undergraduate students interested in honing their skills are invited to apply for the Summer Institute in Occupational Health and Safety. Hosted at the University of South Florida College of Public Health, the institute runs from June 9-14.

During the week-long session, Summer Institute in Occupational Health and Safety participants visit with experts in the College of Public Health and the Tampa Bay area.  Through a series of lectures, laboratory sessions, and field experiences, students learn how OHS professionals are trained to treat and prevent occupational illnesses, why illness occurs in the workplace, and how to make the workplace a safer environment.

“We want to show students not only that this field exists, but that it is an important part of public health, and that there are great opportunities to further their education and to have successful careers,” said Rene’ R. Salazar, PhD, CIH, assistant professor at the USF College of Public Health.

Thanks to funding from the Sunshine Education and Resource Center, all tuition, fees, housing, food, and travel are paid for by the summer institute.

Applications from students interested in exploring graduate studies in occupational health and safety disciplines are strongly encouraged.  Space is limited, so an early response is suggested.

For additional information, contact Dr. Salazar at (813) 974-9623 or

Summer Institute in Occupational Health and Safety Class of 2012