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11th Annual Environmental & Occupational Safety & Health Summer Institute

Preparing to Protect the Workforce of Tomorrow
If you are interested in a health-related career, take this opportunity to learn the scientific principles and practice of occupational and environmental safety and health.
Why attend? Did you know that:
  • Each day an average of 15 people die due to workplace hazards in the US alone?
  • 1 in 3 Americans believe nothing can be done to prevent accidental injuries?
  • Approximately 9,000 workers are treated in Emergency Departments because of occupational injuries?
  • Industry death rates are higher for Hispanics than white and black workers?
  • Workers’ compensation costs for industry exceed $80 billion each year?
Environmental and occupational health and safety professionals are at the frontline to protect workers from injuries and illnesses. A safer, healthier workforce is a good thing - for everyone.

Who can attend
This new, innovative institute is open to undergraduate students in engineering, the sciences (biology, chemistry, physics), nursing and health sciences programs An application and letter of recommendation (including GPA) from your advisor should be submitted by Friday, March 16, 2018.  All successful applicants will be notified by Friday, April 6, 2018.

Absolutely None! We have a limited number of stipends for students to attend. The stipends will cover travel expenses (including mileage and meals), Campus housing will be provided.


Graduates of our academic programs find rewarding and challenging careers in various employment sectors - from private employers - such as the automotive industry and mining industry, the public sector - such as the CIA and CDC, and academia. Our graduates generally work as part of a team involving healthcare professionals (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners), industrial hygienists, safety professionals and engineers. In the world of occupational and environmental safety and health, multidisciplinary teams collaborate - bringing each disciplines’ expertise to a problem - resulting in solutions!




According to the U.S. Department of Labor, median annual wage of occupational health and safety specialists was $64,660 in May 2010. The top 10 percent earned more than $94,180. Employment of occupational health and safety specialists is expected to grow, new environmental regulations and laws will require specialists to create and enforce procedures in the workplace.


Many students get exciting and well paid internships with industries such as automotive (Honda), oil and gas, (Chevron, Exon Mobile) and steel manufacturing.

Scholarships, stipends & tuition support

Scholarships, stipends & tuition support is available for graduate students in Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Health Nursing and Occupational Safety & Ergonomics and Injury Prevention


The Summer Institute will be held at University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health. The agenda will be filled with activities geared to increasing your knowledge of environmental and occupational hazards. Through group activities, field trips and lectures you will gain skills in the practice of occupational and environmental safety and health.


Topics include:

  • Emerging Issues in Environmental & Occupational Safety & Health
  • Ergonomics: Safer, Healthier Workforce through Engineering
  • Safety & Health in the Rural South
  • Outta Here: Field Trip to Local Industry
  • Health Hazard Assessment
  • Tools of the Trade: Hands-on Session

Who are we? The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety promotes health and safety in workplaces and communities through education, research, training and outreach. Our Center brings together students and faculty from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, School of Nursing, Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Human Studies at the University of Alabama to offer:

  • Industrial Hygiene / Environmental Health
  • Occupational Health Nursing
  • Occupational Safety & Ergonomics
  • Occupational Injury Prevention

This program is supported by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, and offered through The Deep South Center for Occupational Safety & Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Auburn University and the University of Alabama


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