Educational Programming

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The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences provides practitioners and academics with educational and professional development opportunities. Our educational programming is designed to build or expand your knowledge of occupational safety and health research and practice. 

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Oregon Total Worker Health® Alliance curriculum

The Alliance curriculum is designed for occupational health, safety, worker compensation, wellness, and human resource practitioners and professionals. These entry-level courses and workshops are offered free of charge, either online (instructor-led) or in person. 

Participants will gain a basic understanding of the Total Worker Health (TWH) approach and competency in implementing its concepts within organizations. 

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OccHealthSci/University of Washington Total Worker Health® certificate

This professional certificate program is hosted by the University of Washington (UW), Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety, in close collaboration with the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, the UW Pacific Northwest OSHA continuing education program, and Portland State University’s Industrial/Occupational Health Psychology and TWH programs. The certificate program is designed to equip working professionals with a deep and practical understanding of the TWH approach. Participants who complete the program will acquire competency to begin implementing TWH concepts and principles within organizations.

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The Institute hosts yearly spring and fall symposia. These events bring together scientists, practitioners, workers, employers, and policymakers to explore topics relevant to occupational health and safety. These events are open to the community.

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Science seminar series

Our Science Seminars provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the latest research developments related to occupational health and safety. Seminars occur every Wednesday at noon, September through June.

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Summer internship program

Over the summer, interns at the Institute conduct a research project in their host faculty member’s laboratory. Our three-month, paid internship program begins in June and concludes in mid- to late-August with interns presenting their work at a poster session. 

Summer Institute

The Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, host the NIOSH-supported Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute in alternating years. It is an interactive, intensive, two-day conference where international experts in occupational health and safety present research on issues that face our workplaces today. Local and international researchers, practitioners, and organizational leaders gather to discuss actions to improve the health and functioning of workers and organizations. The Summer Institute is on hiatus for 2024.

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Teaching and mentorship

Institute faculty researchers and affiliate faculty contribute to the development of future public health professionals by teaching courses and mentoring students for the Master of Public Health program and the undergraduate Public Health Education program at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Courses include Principles of Occupational Health, Social Determinants of Health, and Research in Health and Fitness. 

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Learn more about our work

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Explore professional development opportunities, the latest updates from the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center and the Occupational Public Health Program, a research snapshot, and upcoming occupational health-focused events.

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The Oregon and the Workplace Blog features the latest from OccHealthSci research, professional development opportunities, and valuable insights from disciplines associated with occupational health, safety, and well-being.

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The What's Work Got to Do with It podcast, produced by OccHealthSci, brings together occupational health, safety, and well-being experts to discuss the latest topics relating to worker health, well-being, and safety in Oregon and beyond.