Heartland Center Traineeship FAQs
What is a Heartland Center traineeship?
The Heartland Center is funded by a government agency (NIOSH) for training future occupational health and safety professionals. A Heartland Center trainee is a graduate student or medical resident who follows the curriculum requirements for one of the following programs: Agricultural Safety and Health, Ergonomics, Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Epidemiology, Occupational Injury Prevention, Occupational Health Nursing, and Occupational Medicine Residency.
Who is eligible for a Heartland Center traineeship?
Only U.S. students and medical residents enrolled in a Heartland Center training program are eligible for a traineeship. International students are not eligible for a Heartland Center traineeship unless they have been admitted for permanent residency (I-551 or I-151 card).
How much financial support does a student receive from a Heartland Center traineeship?
Traineeship amounts may vary each year according to the availability of funding and the number of trainees enrolled in the program. Support can range from tuition reimbursement to tuition reimbursement along with the maximum stipend amount (currently $21,000).
For what length and period of time can traineeship appointments be made?
Appointments are generally made for a 12 month period of time starting at the beginning of the trainee’s first semester.
What is the process for receiving financial support?
The following steps are needed in order to initiate your financial support:
- If you receive a stipend, you will be given an offer letter, which you must sign.
- If you receive stipend or tuition funding, you will be given a funding form via email which you must complete electronically, then print, sign and return.
- You will need to make an appointment with the Heartland Center HR person to submit both forms.
- Tuition reimbursement will show as a credit on your Ubill.
- Stipend payments begin during the next pay period after you have submitted the above forms.
Can a part-time student receive Heartland Center support?
Part-time students, as defined by the University of Iowa, can receive tuition support from a Heartland Center traineeship, but not a stipend. Only full-time students can receive a stipend.
If an out-of-state resident, is there any advantage to becoming an Iowa resident?
No, not for trainees who receive tuition support. All Heartland students who receive tuition support are assessed Iowa resident rate tuition.
Will I receive health benefits?
All full-time University of Iowa students are eligible for health insurance through the Student Health Insurance Plan. Heartland Center trainees who receive a stipend with an annual amount of $8,000 or more are eligible for student health insurance at a reduced monthly rate. For more information see: “Plans booklet-enrollment form (pdf)” at http://www.uiowa.edu/hr/benefits/health/student/index_grad_hs.html
Is income from a NIOSH traineeship taxable?
Please see the Graduate College website for more information on this issue: http://www.grad.uiowa.edu/graduate-student-stipends-and-benefits/taxes