What is the Heartland Center?
The Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety provides graduate training, continuing education and outreach in the area of occupational health and safety. Located in the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health, it is a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center serving Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
The Heartland Center offers graduate training programs in Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Medicine, Occupational Health Nursing, Ergonomics, Occupational Epidemiology, Occupational Injury Prevention, and Agricultural Safety and Health.
All trainees will complete the requirements for their graduate degree along with additional courses required by their Heartland Center program.
In order to foster interdisciplinary interaction within the Heartland Center, all Heartland Center trainees are required to complete the following courses:
Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar (175:180)
Occupational Health (175:230)
Principles of Scholarly Integrity (650:270)
Center at a Glance
- Located in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health
- Director: Dr. Patrick O’Shaughnessy, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health
- Supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- Created in 1999, as #15 of the 17 NIOSH Education and Research Centers around the country
- Established to serve Federal Region VII—Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska
- 7 training programs lead to master's (MS, MPH) and doctoral (PhD) degrees
- Better than 95% of graduates employed in their fields