The Work Environment Alumni Survey 2020: Main Findings report shows the importance and value of occupational safety and health traineeships for students in academic graduate education.
The occupational safety specialist and ergonomist (the Master of Science in Engineering, Industrial Engineering) is concerned with identifying and preventing potential hazards, whether physical, biomechanical, or psychosocial. They learn how these hazards affect the body and how appropriate re-design can produce a safe, health-promoting work environment.
This training is offered as a specialization within the Industrial Engineering program (Department of Mechanical Engineering).
The purpose of the Work Environment Training Program Grant (TPG) at UMass Lowell is to educate and train work environment professionals to develop and promote safe, healthy, just and sustainable workplaces. The TPG offers an occupational safety and health (OSH) traineeship funded by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to support some students in the above two Work Environment graduate programs. See the Eligibility & Conditions in the tab on the top, right of this page.
Students in both Work Environment areas take a common set of 3 courses. They will meet in extra-curricular events to network and to collaborate in unpacking questions of public interest such as:
Eligibility for OSH Traineeship Support: Matriculated full-time students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident ("green card" holder). Interested students must first apply to the appropriate degree program and may then apply for a traineeship.
Traineeship Conditions: Follow the designated curriculum for the specialization, including a three-course core: Work Environment Policy & Practice, Ergonomics & Work, and Epidemiology & Biostatistics. Conduct a master's capstone project (OS/E in Engineering) or practicum (Occ Epi MPH) on a topic related to occupational health and safety.
Participate in extra-curricular learning opportunities, including work-in-progress seminars, career conversations, informal meetings with program faculty, etc. These will seek to support students to pool their methodological toolboxes to understand risks for the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, mental/emotional, and other body systems and how to prevent them.
Traineeship Support: Stipend, tuition, and fees (9 credits/semester) for up to 4 semesters. Limited travel support for professional conferences and other relevant events or training activities.
Tuition costs and other financial aid: Please visit the UMass Lowell Graduate Admissions website for more information.
Graduates are expected to be employed in the OSH workforce as practitioners, educators, researchers, and/or policy makers.
Read more about Work Environment and NIOSH.
The three required core traineeship courses are:
Charles Smith is an MPH candidate in Epidemiology, UML Class of 2021.
Kayleen Buscemi is an MPH student in epidemiology with an interest in environmental epidemiology.
Ross Goding is an MPH student in Epidemiology with a focus in Occupational Epidemiology.