About Us

The US workforce carries a disproportionate burden of preventable job-related morbidity and mortality. By training high-quality practitioners and researchers, COHSE helps to meet critical shortfalls in health and safety services in most small and many larger workplaces, and thereby reduces the incidence and severity of occupational injury and illness.

About the Center

The University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE) is a NIOSH Education and Research Center (ERC). Since inception in 1982, COHSE has supported comprehensive graduate-level educational programs to aspiring practitioners and researchers in Industrial Hygiene (IH), Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology (OEE),  Occupational Health Nursing (OHN), and Occupational Safety Engineering and Ergonomics (OSE) to help meet the nation’s needs for qualified practitioners and researchers. Our academic programs are complemented with our highly effective Pilot Project Research Training (PPRT) program, and Continuing Education (CE) courses.


Our success as a center of excellence is predicated on:

An outstanding and dedicated faculty

Interdisciplinary curricula that prepare our graduates for modern practice

Vibrant extramurally funded research programs

in many National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA)-related areas that train next-generation research leaders

Multifaceted outreach and CE programs

that meet the needs of professionals in our region and beyond

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Strong institutional support

Active and engaged alumni, many of whom are leaders in their fields

Student Funding

The Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering receives student funding support from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

All students who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and are admitted to a graduate degree program in Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Epidemiology, Occupational Health Nursing and Occupational Safety Engineering are automatically considered for funding. Funding may include partial to full tuition award, travel and a monthly stipend. No additional application is necessary.

college students

We offer the following types of funding:

Traineeships include partial or full tuition support and may also include a modest stipend for University of Michigan (UM) graduate students.

Pilot Project Research Training (PPRT) for both UM and non-UM researchers.


We are a NIOSH TWH affiliate

Recognizing the importance of Total Worker Health (TWH), The University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering (COHSE) is a NIOSH TWH affiliate and provides research and training opportunities from several venues that provides our students with exposure to and instruction in TWH such as our Occupational Health Seminar Series, the curriculum of our Occupational Health Nursing program and research carried out by COHSE faculty alongside masters and doctoral students.