World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHOCC)

About Us

The WHO Collaborating Center (WHOCC) for Occupational Health at the Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, is part of an international collaborative network supporting the World Health Organizations (WHO)’s mandate for international partnerships promoting global occupational health. The Collaborating Center works through the WHO’s regional office in the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). There are only five other U.S. universities with this designation.

The Department of Work Environment, located in the College of Health Sciences, conducts training and research to prevent work-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths while also promoting the health and safety of workers and the general environment. The focus of our research activities is the identification, assessment, and prevention of chemical, ergonomic, safety and other hazards to human health and the psychosocial stressors of the workplace that affect workers’ health and job performance and productivity. Our academic program prepares students to become social change agents promoting decent and safe work environments for all.