Academics and Research

Academic Degree Programs

The University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (UM COHSE) offers graduate-level academic degree programs in:


COHSE is fortunate to have many faculty members with strong research records that cover a broad spectrum of occupational health and safety (OH&S) issues.


Our faculty have strong research programs with many recent publications.

Michigan’s Pilot Project Research Training (PPRT) Program was established in 1999. The goal of the PPRT program is to strengthen the occupational health and safety research capacity of the United States by increasing the number and quality of scientists who pursue research careers in OH&S disciplines. The PPRT program provides short-term seed funds to support innovative pilot research projects in the priority areas defined in the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). Funds are also provided for pilot research projects that address special OH&S needs in HHS Region V, the manufacturing heartland of the United States.

The Visiting Partners Program (VPP) in occupational and environmental health and safety (OEHS) at the University of Michigan offers a novel opportunity for busy mid-career professionals to collaborate with experienced UM faculty on projects addressing OEHS issues relevant to their work. This free part-time non-residential program is collaborative and designed to benefit educators at universities, colleges, and high schools; practitioners of OEHS in businesses, labor unions, and governmental agencies; and writers, photographers, or artists, who want to integrate OEHS topics into their work.


Keeping e-waste workers healthy and safe – In an interview with Rick Nietzel, we learn about the rewarding experiences of students working with electronic waste abroad in Thailand, with photos and videos illustrating the type of work being done with this project.


Death of a Flip Phone – In an informational video describing the dangerous metals and plastic compounds contained in old phones, we learn about the ways electronic waste negatively affects the environment when it is not properly managed.