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SWCOEH partners with Baker Hughes for Total Worker Health® field experiences

The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH), the NIOSH Education and Research Center at UTHealth School of Public Health, has partnered with Baker Hughes to offer Total Worker Health® field experience for students.
Paul Carey, a Total Worker Health trainee at SWCOEH, will be the first to gain field experience with Baker Hughes through the new collaboration, beginning in the spring. Carey’s field experience will focus on fatigue management and he will work with Baker Hughes Health Safety and Environment (HSE) and Total Rewards teams. Baker Hughes is a leading energy technology company based in Houston.
“Industry-university collaborations are of enormous value for creating real world-opportunities for the training of our future professionals,” said Dr. David Gimeno, the Director of the SWCOEH. “These opportunities are of key importance to bring together a diversity of relevant policies, programs, and practices under the TWH approach.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the SWCOEH at UTHealth School of Public Health to provide field experience in the holistic practice of worker safety and well-being,” said Kasia Curry, Baker Hughes Global Health and Wellbeing Leader. “Total Worker Health expertise is important for the future of industry, and this field experience in fatigue management is one example of the many types of projects students might experience in their professional roles.”
Total Worker Health is a track within the PhD program in Environmental Sciences at SWCOEH that builds upon occupational safety and health efforts to prevent workplace injury and illness with policies, programs and practices to promote worker well-being.
Graduates will be able to conduct research characterizing worker well-being, as well as implement policies and practices improving worker health.  In addition to research opportunities, key elements of the TWH track involve practice-based training and interdisciplinary interactions with trainees in occupational epidemiology, industrial hygiene and occupational medicine. Specifically, the curriculum will train students to identify, characterize and integrate risk factors of worker well-being and safety, as well as develop, implement and evaluate strategies, policies and programs to improve worker well-being.
Learn more about the Total Worker Health program at the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) at UTHealth School of Public Health.