OccHealthSci faculty and staff conduct research, provide academic and practitioner education, and deliver and partner for outreach in our community. 

Although the primary expectation of each faculty member is to conduct research, many also participate in OHSU’s academic education programs in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, and at Portland State University. In addition, we sponsor scientific seminars and undergraduate student summer internships both within our own Institute and with our OHSU partners throughout the campus.

We also prioritize offering practitioner education targeting occupational health, safety and well-being. We craft specific educational opportunities, including full-day symposia, for those working in occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, human resources and wellness.

Our symposia developed for this audience, along with our Oregon Healthy Workforce Center Total Worker Health-related education, such as our Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute and Total Worker Health curriculum, are found under Outreach. Although listed within practitioner education, these offerings are often also relevant to occupational health researchers

Academic, practitioner, and outreach educational activities are discussed and documented by the Institute Education Committee that also identifies goals and metrics for success. The Institute encourages and facilitates educational activities consistent with the Institute mission. Our current educational goals include:

  • Preparing the next generation of scientists, teachers, and practitioners to advance occupational health sciences
  • Integrating multidisciplinary approaches to occupational health and driving curriculum for graduate education
  • Positioning occupational health as a public health issue
  • Providing targeted training to practitioners on Total Worker Health