The goal of the MPH degree is to provide residents/fellows with the basic knowledge and skills central to the practice of occupational and environmental medicine. Trainees have an exceptional educational experience as MPH students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the oldest and largest school of public health in the world, where many of the world’s leading public health professionals work together to fulfill the school’s mission, “Protecting health, saving lives – millions at a time.” Students have the opportunity to learn from and work closely with these leaders in a school that is helping to shape the future of occupational medicine and public health. The School welcomes students from across the nation and around the world—each contributing in a unique way to the dynamic learning environment. Residents routinely study in a multidisciplinary environment that includes occupational nurses, industrial hygienists, safety professionals and preventive medicine residents. Residents work with world-renowned faculty and a diverse student body, gaining the skills and knowledge to prepare them to become leaders in occupational and environmental medicine and to further advance the effort to eliminate disease and disability related to work and the environment.
The residency curriculum takes full advantage of the depth and breadth of faculty and courses at the school. The OEM specific core consists of:
Fundamentals of Occupational Health (Dr. Cadorette)
Clinical Environmental and Occupational Toxicology (Dr. Weaver)
Occupational Health (worksite inspection) course (Drs. Agnew and Lees)
Principles Of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (Dr. Lees)
Public Health Toxicology (Drs. Trush and Yager)
Environmental Health (Dr. Tankersley)
- Occupational Medicine Seminar series (Dr. Weaver)
- Principles of Occupational Safety (Dr. Knowles)
- Introduction to Ergonomics (Drs. Callison and Agnew)
There are also MPH required courses, for example in epidemiology, biostatistics and management. The epidemiology and biostatistics offerings in the School are particularly rich and residents are encouraged to complete as much of these courses as possible, with a minimum of two courses in each. Fundamentals of Clinical Preventive Medicine is also required for the OEMR.
Required courses are augmented by a wide variety of attractive electives including:
Public Health Practice
- Introduction to Radiation Health Sciences
Epidemiology of Injuries
Molecular Biology of Carcinogenesis
Toxicokinetics, Molecular Epidemiology and Biomarkers in Public Health
Noise and Other Physical Agents in the Environment
Health Effects of Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollution
Environmental and Occupational Health Law And Policy
- The Global Environment and Public Health
- Foundations of Leadership
- Communicating with the Media
Seminar Series. The didactic component of the OEMR consists of a weekly seminar series throughout the two years of the residency. The goals of the didactic component of the residency program are
- To supplement the academic phase of the program with case-based clinical material specific to occupational/environmental medicine;
- To supplement the resident’s practicum experience with didactic material from the core OM competencies;
- To provide a vehicle for the evaluation of resident progress and achievement in research and practice across the two years of the program.
Conferences include research presentations, the joint Division of Occupational and Environmental Health/ Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Journal Club, the Occupational Medicine Seminar series, and grand rounds.
Research Component. One of the unique opportunities of the OEM training program is the research requirement. Projects may involve collaboration with OEMR faculty or with other faculty in the Johns Hopkins medical institutions. Residents have an opportunity to develop advanced research skills that are useful in a broad range of subsequent careers. Numerous presentation and publication opportunities result from the research requirement.