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Deep South ERC Renewal

Birmingham, AL — The Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety (DSC) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has been awarded renewal totaling $7.3 million dollars for the (2017-2022) grant cycle, from the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC).

The DSC is one of the 18 nationwide Education and Research Centers funded by NIOSH to train professionals promoting and supporting the health, safety and well-being of the workforce through interdisciplinary education, research, outreach and continuing education.  It marks the sixth time NIOSH’s administration has renewed its financial support since the DSC’s establishment in1982.   The Deep South Center serves the Southeastern states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle.

“This is a great achievement for the DSC considering the complicated funding climate; in particular for anything related to environmental and occupational health and I want to thank the faculty, staff, students and administration for their hard work and support. We are very proud to be one of the nation’s 18 ERCs and we are committed to high quality education, research and training to promote the health and safety of workers in the region,” said the Deep South Center director Dr. Claudiu T. Lungu, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at UAB School of Public Health.

The DSC is a consortium of academic programs at two major universities in Alabama: the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and Auburn University (AU).  The Academic Training Core of the DSC includes: Industrial Hygiene (IH), at the UAB School of Public Health, Occupational Health Nursing (OHN) at the UAB School of Nursing, and Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (OSE) at the AU Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.  The Deep South Center also incorporates the allied Occupational Injury Prevention Research Training (OIP), which is associated with the OSE program at Auburn University.  The DSC also supports an Outreach Core including Continuing Education Program (CE) and Outreach, an Interdisciplinary Program and a Research Training Core which supports the Pilot Project Research and Training (PPRT).

The Center offers MPH, MSPH and PhD programs in Industrial Hygiene, and both DNP and PhD in Occupational Health Nursing at UAB.  The Auburn programs offer MISE, MS, and PhDs in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (OSE) and Occupational Injury Prevention (OIP) as well as an OSE Certificate Program.