Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety

The Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety is one of eighteen Education and Research Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  The Center, a consortium of The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Auburn University, offers graduate and post graduate programs in occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene and occupational safety and ergonomics.

The Center provides strong programs of study for its students, which includes interdisciplinary experiences and field work experiences. Our graduates have gone on to rewarding and challenging careers in occupational health and safety (Testimonials) Financial support for masters and doctoral students is available for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

For more information on admissions to the graduate program, please click here 


Claudiu T. Lungu, PhD, Center Director

(205) 934-2072

Elizabeth H. Maples, PhD, Deputy Director

(205) 934-7209


Center's Staff


Technology Coordinator
(205) 934-7178
Administrative Associate
(205) 934-7032
Program Director
(205) 975-8075


Academic Programs

Occupational Health Nursing: MSN and PhD Studies

The University of Alabama School of Nursing is a component of the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety. The Deep South Center offers occupational health nursing students rigorous studies to prepare for full interaction with other occupational health and safety professionals in planning and implementing occupational health and safety programs.

Jennan Phillips, PhD, MSN, RN Program Director OHN Program

(205) 996-9829


Program Faculty


MSN Program Coordinator and Associate Professor
(205) 934-6587
Erica Pryor PhD Program Coordinator and Associate Professor Email (205) 975-5304

The Industrial Hygiene Program is a component of the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety.  The Deep South Center offers students rigorous studies to prepare for full interaction with other occupational health and safety professionals in planning and implementing health and safety programs.

Claudiu T. Lungu, PhD, Center Director/ Program Director IH Program

(205) 934-2072


Program Faculty
Assistant Professor  
Email (205) 934-7209
Max L. Richard, MPH               
Assistant Professor
(205) 934-7414

The Industrial and System Engineering Department provides occupational safety and ergonomics and injury prevention educational opportunities at the graduate level through degree programs, research, and continuing education, and outreach.

Program Faculty

Jerry Davis, PhD, CSP, CPE
Program Director for OS&E/Associate Professor
Email (334) 844-1411
Sean Gallenger, PhD, CPE
Program Director for OIP/Associate Professor
Email (334) 844-1407
Richard Sesek, PhD, MPH, CSP, CPE
Associate Professor
Email (334) 844-1552

In addition, Dr. Rob Thomas together with Dr. Rich Sesek provide instruction for ENH 670 Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics taught at Auburn and web-based for IH students at UAB.  

Affiliated Faculty

Michelle Fanucchi, PhD is the Departmental Chair/ Associate Professor the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Fanucchi specialize in Pulmonary Cell Biology and Toxicology. She is the lead instructor for ENH 790, Current topics in Environmental Health sciences research, an advanced seminar for doctoral students. Dr. Fanucchi is the department Doctoral Program Director and she will serve on Doctoral Committees.
Julia Gohlke, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.  Her research interests is development of methods to assess the role of the environment in human health. She currently pursuing two lines of research within this broad framework.
Dale Dickinson, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Dale is an active member of the Center for Free Radical Biology, where he is an Associate Scientist and Chair of the Education Committee. He also has secondary appointments in the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Nephrology Research and Training Center, and is Director of Admissions and Recruitment for the UAB Integrative Biomedical Sciences Program.
Judith McBride, MSPH, CIH is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. She provides lectures in ENH 661 - Air Sampling and Analysis and assists in identifying campus wide sites for the laboratory part of this course.
Todd Hogue, MSPH, CIH, CSP is a graduate of the Industrial Hygiene Program at UAB, and is the Manager of Environmental Safety and Health at BP in Decatur, AL. Mr. Hogue teaches ENH 603 - Management of Occupational Health and Safety.
Alfred Bartolucci, PhD & Naomi Fineberg, PhD teach the Intermediate Statistical Analysis I core course (BST 611).
Kui Zhang teach Intermediate Statistical Analysis II core course (BST 612).
Paul A MaclennanStella Aslibekyan teaches the Introduction to Epidemiology core course (EPI 600).
Stephen Mennemeyer, MA, PhD teaches the Health Care Organization and Policy core course (HCO 600).
Dori Pekmezi, PhD teaches the Social & Behavioral Sciences core course (HB 600).
Lisa McCormick coordinates the Public Health Integrative Experience core course (PUH 695).
Paul Muntner & Elizabeth Brown teaches Principles of Epidemiologic Research (EPI 610)
Nalini Sathiakumar, MD, DrPH teaches Environmental Epidemiology (EPI 616)
Uday Vaidya, PhD, Department of Material Sciences and Engineering