About Us

The University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE) is an Education and Research Center (ERC) supported by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Our mission is to serve the region, nation, and world as a center of excellence for research and graduate education and in protecting the health and safety of the workforce.

Graduate training and research at Michigan have been continuously supported by NIOSH since 1971, our programs are internationally renowned, and we have one of the largest alumni bases of programs throughout the country.

About the Center

Learn more about our programs, funding, and events here.

What is OHS?

Occupational health and safety is a field devoted to worker health, worker safety, and environmental considerations. Learn more about the industries and concerns of this important field of work and study here.

Why Study Occupational Health?

Globally, more than 2.3 million people die each year from work-related injuries and 317 million suffer from non-fatal work-related injuries. Occupational injuries and diseases are a huge fraction of the overall cost of injury and disease. These health costs are preventable! Learn more about the impact that can be made within this field here.

Careers in OHS

Our graduates have obtained positions in industry, government, academia, and the non-profit section. Most of our trainees receive job offers prior to graduation, with many receiving multiple offers.

CNNMoney.com, in collaboration with PayScale.com, ranked a number of health-related jobs in the top 100 best jobs in America. This includes Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator as the 72nd best job in America, with an 11 percent 10-year job growth and a median salary of $66,500.

Learn more about these jobs here.

Center Director’s Blog

Visit the center director’s blog for the latest news and updates from COHSE. Read more here.