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Iowa Selected to Educate Next Generation of Occupational Safety and Health Professionals

Dr. Patrick O’Shaughnessy, a University of Iowa professor in the department of occupational and environmental health and principal investigator for the Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety, was granted a five-year renewal of a training grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

[Photo: Dr. Patrick O’Shaughnessy]

The center has been a recipient of this training grant, which provides $1.7 million annually, since 2001. NIOSH funds extramural research and training programs that help educate the next generation of professionals in occupational safety and health.

“This federal funding helps Iowa and the nation meet the critical need for qualified professionals in fields such as  industrial hygiene, occupational health nursing, occupational medicine, and occupational safety,” says Dr. O’Shaughnessy.

The grant funds are distributed to 40-50 UI students each year to continue their graduate-level education. The center also provides continuing education and outreach to occupational health professionals throughout the Midwest. The project funds six educational programs, which include Occupational Medicine Residency, Ergonomics, Occupational Epidemiology, Occupational Injury Prevention, Industrial Hygiene and Agricultural Safety and Health.

More information about the Heartland Center is available at