Program Overview

Program Overview

Graduate Level Training 

Training. Master’s level training at the UCB School of Public Health (SPH), one of the top-ranked schools nationwide, is integral to our didactic curriculum. The UCB SPH requires an application process separate from that of our residency program, but we have not encountered residents with insufficient academic standing to meet the SPH entry requirements.

Table 5. University of California Berkeley School of Public Health Curriculum 

CORE Interdisciplinary Program Curriculum 

PH 292(1)
Summer Interdisciplinary Seminar (S/U grading option only) (1 unit)
August Industrial Hygiene Site Visits (2 units obtained) 
PH 142
Intro to Probability & Statistics in Biology & PH (4 units) 
PH 200J
Health Policy and Management Breadth Course (half semester) 2 units
PH 200K
Environmental Health Sciences Breadth Course (half semester) 2 units 
PH 292(12) 
Interdisciplinary Seminar (4 units)
PH 250A
Epidemiologic Methods I (3 units) 
PH 250B
Epidemiologic Methods II (4 units) 
PH 297(7)
Interdisciplinary Seminar (4 units) 
PH 200L
Health and Social Behavior Breadth Course (2 units) 
PH 291A
Preparation for Public Health Practice Workshop Series (S/U grading only) (1 unit)

Additional OEM Program Required UCB Coursework (All taught by OEM faculty) 

PH 288
Preventative Medicine Seminar 
PH 269E
Topics in Environmental Medicine 
PH 254
Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology 
PH 269C
Occupational Biomechanics 

Recommended Electives 

PH W257
Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response 
PH 257
Outbreak Investigation 
Other elective choices are reviewed by the resident with the OEM Program Director and Associate Director. The Interdisciplinary Program also requires completion and presentation of a "Capstone Project" as an MPH degree completion requirement. 

Industrial Hygiene Site Visit One-Month Intensive

The month of August in each of the two years of training includes a full-time schedule of site visits each year. For SPH enrolled residents, credit can also be obtained. The activities are organized on a two-year cycle avoiding content duplication. Site visits (approximately 12-14 each August), cover a wide experiential range. Examples of recent year’s sites include: Genentech; AB&I Foundry; Sense Grown (a marijuana cultivator); Nektar (biotech); Facebook; C&H Sugar; Chevron Energy Technology; Materion (beryllium); Monterey Mushrooms; New Star Fresh (ag processing); NASA AMES; Shell Oil Refinery; Mondavi Vineyard; SF Police Department (Marine, Bomb and Tac and Chemical Units); Abbott Vascular; Royal Laundry; Center for Infectious Disease Preparedness Training, SF Health Department; Heidelberg (Lehigh Hanson) Cement; Port of Oakland; UNFI (distribution center); Intel Microelectronics; American Western Digital; Tesla Auto; Gallo Winery (including its glass bottle manufactory); SF Public Utility Commission welding facility; Tesla Battery (Sparks Nevada); UCB Marvel Nanolab; SF ABC affiliate TV Studio (with newscaster Dan Ashley); Pixar Animation; Boral Stone manufacturing; Clorox; and the Calaveras Dam construction project.

OEM Grand Rounds (GR) 

The OEM GR series is accredited by the UCSF CME Office. This is held twice monthly from September to June. OEM physicians and researchers from Northern California and beyond are invited to discuss the latest developments in the field, emphasizing a coordinated curriculum theme each academic year (examples include: vulnerable populations; genetic factors, and toxicology and population health). Dr. Samuel Goldman, core faculty, coordinates the GR lecture series.

Didactic Training 

All incoming residents are required to take the twice weekly, one month UCSF Training in Clinical Research (TICR) course. This offers an introduction to the process of clinical research with learners exposed to overarching concepts and essential vocabulary for designing and interpreting clinical research. This is accomplished by instruction in the creation of a research protocol intended to address a relevant research question in their specific area of interest. This course occurs in August on two half days allowing us to build the industrial hygiene site visit schedule around this. We have developed two other required training workshops specifically for the residency: one in emergency preparedness and one in risk communication. In addition, residents are also required to complete online training in radiation safety and in ethics.

Clinical Training Curricular Components 

There is a 4-month minimum of AGME-required clinical training in each training year. The program meets this requirement in the SPH year though a one-month clinical rotation requirement in July, one and a half months May through June, and six weeks of additional clinical commitment throughout the year through continuity OEM Clinic and UCSF Needlestick Hotline service. The clinical training curricular components use hands-on clinical experiences to assure the learners’ progression through additional training Milestones.

Commitments as a COEH Trainee

COEH Trainees are expected to participate fully in their home program and are also invited to engage in COEH activities.

Trainees accepted to their respective academic program are encouraged to complete the following after discussing the requirements with the Program Director:

  •  Take required coursework specific to Occupational & Environmental Medicine Specialization (discuss with your Program Director)
  • Commit to Interdisciplinary Education opportunities by:
    • Attending Annual Symposia
    • Taking or auditing Interdisciplinary Courses, as appropriate
    • Attending TRT Seminars, as appropriate
    • Engage in Field Visit opportunities
  • Engage in one or more scholarly research activities and consider presenting and/or publishing your work
  • Contribute at least 2 hours of service/outreach related activity (presentations, projects, outreach in the community)
  • Read COEH communications(emails) and respond when appropriate
  • In addition, COEH Trainees need to acknowledge our support from NIOSH in all current and future publications, journal articles, conference proceedings that are a result of work performed during your time as a Graduate Student. The acknowledgment should use the following language:  

“This publication (journal article, etc.) was supported by the Training Grant, T42OH008429, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."