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Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

Total Worker Health® Track

Total Worker Health® (TWH) is a track within the PhD program in Environmental Sciences that builds upon occupational safety and health efforts to prevent workplace injury and illness with policies, programs and practices to promote worker well-being.  For more information, contact Dr. Susie Day.

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.

The following are the learning objectives of the Total Worker Health Track:

  1. Describe applications of the Total Worker Health framework in workplace settings to improve worker well-being.

  2. Evaluate research relevant to Total Worker Health and worker well-being.

  3. Identify sources and pathways of exposure to risk factors influencing worker well-being.

  4. Identify potential modifiers (e.g., aging, addictions, outdoor air pollution, built environment, lifestyle behaviors, health policies and health care) of occupational factors influencing worker well-being.

  5. Integrate behavioral, organizational, and policy theories as needed in plans to improve worker well-being.

  6. Develop, implement, or evaluate a Total Worker Health strategy or intervention to improve worker well-being.

Campuses: Houston, El Paso, San Antonio

Fall 2019 to Summer 2020 PhD-EOHS TWH Track Degree Planner

Stipends, Tuition Support, and Benefits

The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at UTHealth School of Public Health is one of 18 CDC/NIOSH Education and Research Centers in the United States, supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). SWCOEH is comprised of academic degree programs in occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, occupational epidemiology and total worker health, and supports active continuing education, outreach and pilot project research training programs.

Traineeships consisting of full tuition, fees support and a generous monthly stipend are available to full-time students on a competitive basis.  Trainees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Requirements for the traineeships include acceptance into the PhD Environmental Sciences academic program (TWH track), maintenance of a minimum course workload and satisfactory academic progress.

How to Apply

Admission requirements and application deadlines can be found online.

Students should apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Sciences within the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Program.

For More Information

R. Sue Day, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences
1200 Pressler, E-1027
Houston, TX 77030
Phone:  713-500-9317
Email:  Rena.S.Day@uth.tmc.edu