Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center http://www.mcohs.umn.edu Providing National Leadership in the Field of Occupational Health and Safety Tue, 26 Nov 2019 20:31:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Northwest Chapter of ASSP Scholarships http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/northwest-chapter-of-assp-scholarships/ Fri, 27 Sep 2019 01:15:42 +0000 http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/?p=7668 The Northwest Chapter of ASSP is once again pleased to announce its 2020 Student Scholarship!

Multiple Scholarships totaling $4000 will be made available for students pursuing a graduate degree, Master of Science in Risk Control, at University of Wisconsin-Stout, Master of Environmental Health & Safety, at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, or Master or Doctorate in Public Health or an Occupational Safety, Health or Environmental field of study at the University of MN.


The application for the scholarship will be made available in December of 2019. More information will follow at that time.

2019 MCOHS Pilot Project RFP http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/2019-mcohs-pilot-project-rfp/ Fri, 30 Aug 2019 01:16:53 +0000 http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/?p=7674 The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center is now accepting applications for the MCOHS-ERC Pilot Projects Research Training Program. Grants ranging from $5,000 to a maximum of $20,000 are available to occupational health and safety (OHS) researchers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Areas of OHS include industrial hygiene, occupational and environmental health nursing, occupational and environmental epidemiology, occupational and environmental medicine, occupational health services research and policy, injury epidemiology and safety, ergonomics, toxicology, health physics, and occupational health psychology.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) is applicable only to educational institutions and targets (1) newly-independent principal investigators (PIs); (2) experienced PIs pursuing OHS as a new direction for research; and (3) doctoral research trainees working under the supervision of a PI.




Research Coordinator – Full Time http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/research-coordinator-full-time/ Fri, 28 Jun 2019 01:53:36 +0000 http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/?p=7606 University of Minnesota Medical School
Duluth Campus


The University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth is seeking a Research Coordinator to join a dynamic and collaborative research lab led by Dr. Brenna Greenfield.  This position is funded by a 5-year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse entitled, “Changing our paths: Well-being and recovery among American Indians with opioid use disorder.” The project will identify barriers and facilitators to movement through the Cascade of Care for opioid use disorder as well as community-driven and empirically-based solutions to facilitate recovery.

The Research Coordinator will be responsible for overall project management and day-to-day project administration, with input from the principal investigator as needed. This position requires a high degree of independence and self-motivation. Depending on experience, the Research Coordinator may also supervise other research staff or graduate students. This is an ideal position for individuals who want to contribute to American Indian health equity and community wellness. It is also a good position for individuals who would like to advance their career in research or attend graduate school in the future.

The Research Coordinator position will report directly to the principal investigator and will start on or after August 1, 2019. Applicants who can commit two years or more to the project are preferred.


  • Submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references via the UMN job search system. (Search for job code 330978)

  • In the cover letter, please indicate your available starting date, preferred number of weekly hours, and number of years you anticipate being available for the position. Also describe why you are interested in the position and your relevant skills and background.

Applications will be reviewed beginning July 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please feel free to email Dr. Brenna Greenfield at green970@d.umn.edu with any questions about this position.

2019 NORA Symposium http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/2019-nora-symposium-recap/ Tue, 18 Jun 2019 05:04:43 +0000 http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/?p=7591 The 2019 NORA Symposium was held May 2, 2019 in Mayo Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The theme for the forum was “Stressed Out From Work: An Occupational Hazard”, and addressed the challenges of stress and mental health problems that result from work. Eighty four people attended and represented numerous organizations including health care, academia, government, non-profits and business/industry. The forum also included a research poster session and project exhibits showcasing training and educational resources.

Three panelists, representing agricultural producers, firefighters and veterinarians shared their own unique perspectives of the impact of stress in the workplace and the resulting adverse effects.

Stacey Holzbauer, Doris Mold and Joe Meuwissen each presented an overview of the issue and mental health implications in each of their occupations and answered questions as part of a panel discussion. The question and answer session was facilitated by Dr. Josie Rudolphi of the National Farm Medicine Center and Dr. Pat McGovern from the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.

The speakers were able to bring to the forefront particular areas of concern. Stacy Holzbauer discussed the rising rate of suicides among veterinarians – both large and small animal and male and female veterinarians. Many factors account for this rise including long hours, student debt, owner expectations and access to pharmacologics. Doris Mold, who wears many hats, one of which is a farmer, brought to light the tough times in farming, particularly the poor economics which has been on the rise for a number of years and the toll it has taken and continues to take. Joe Meuwissen, who is a retired firefighter and licensed school social worker discussed the characteristics of firefighters and culture of the occupation. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is common for those in this field many of which are volunteer firefighters. More support, information and training is needed to assist this group of emergency personnel.

Shanna Kuehn Awarded ASSE Scholarship http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/shanna-kuehn-awarded-asse-scholarship/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 17:30:24 +0000 http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/?p=7468 Shanna Kuehn, a student in the Industrial Hygiene program, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Northwest Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Shanna graduated with a Master of Public Health – Industrial Hygiene and Human Factors and Ergonomics from the University of Minnesota.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy/Religious Studies from St. Cloud State University. She is the current President of the local AIHA Student Section – University of Minnesota and is in the process of starting an ASSE student section at the University of Minnesota.

Minghong Jiang Awarded ASSE Scholarship http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/minghong-jiang-asse-scholarship/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 17:25:16 +0000 http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/?p=7464 Minghong Jiang, a student in the Industrial Hygiene program, was awarded a $1,400 scholarship from the Northwest Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Minghong will graduate with a Master of Science – Industrial Hygiene in the Fall of 2019.  She currently holds a bachelor of science degree in Nutrition with emphasis on Dietetics from the University of Minnesota. She has participated in multiple research projects at the University of Minnesota within the Division of Environmental Health, as well as the departments of Food Science and Family Medicine.

Adam Schwartz Receives International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Award http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/adam-schwartz-receives-international-ergonomics-association-iea-award/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 17:09:21 +0000 http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/?p=7461 Adam Schwartz, a PhD candidate in the Occupational Injury Prevention and Research Training program, was recently awarded the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) K.U. Smith Student Award. His paper titled, “Intra-rater and inter-rater reliability for the Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) tool,” will be presented and the award received at the 20th Congress of the IEA in Florence, Italy in August 2018.

The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) K.U. Smith Student Award was launched in 1997, providing a tangible means by which the IEA can encourage the development of the discipline, foster scholarship, and recognize worthy achievements. The purpose of the award is to honor a deserving student responsible for an application of or contribution to ergonomics. This award is given every three years; any student-authored paper in the last three years was eligible for this award.

Congratulations, Adam!

Advisor: Susan Goodwin Gerberich, PhD

2018 Pilot Project Awards http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/2018-pilot-project-awards/ Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:34:32 +0000 http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/?p=7365 The Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 pilot projects research training program.  The projects focus on a variety of occupational health and safety topics in the upper midwest region.

CONGRATULATIONS to the award recipients!


Industrial Hygiene Alum Featured in AIHA Video http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/industrial-hygiene-alum-featured-in-aiha-video/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:16:09 +0000 http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/?p=7350 Industrial Hygiene program alum Jessica Hauge was recently featured in a video by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).   The video is part of the “I am IH” series of videos, which is a campaign by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) to tell stories about what industrial hygienists do.  Jessica currently works as an Industrial Hygienist at 3M.

“I ended up with a Master of Public Health degree in Industrial Hygiene, and it was the best decision I ever made to switch career paths.”
– Jessica Hauge
Deirdre Green Awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/deirdre-green-awarded-doctoral-dissertation-fellowship/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:14:54 +0000 http://www.mcohs.umn.edu/?p=7310 Deirdre GreenDeirdre Green, a PhD candidate in the Occupational Injury Prevention and Research Training program, was recently awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) for the 2017-2018 academic year. The DDF gives the University’s most accomplished PhD candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year.  The award includes a stipend of $25,000, tuition for up to 14 thesis credits each semester and subsidized health insurance for a year.

Green’s graduate research focuses on health and injuries among janitors by determining the burden of injuries among janitors and how workload affects these injuries. The proposed objective is to examine injuries with particular attention to individual workload, using prospective survey methodologies and direct physical measurements of both sleep quality and workload. In the long term, findings from this study will serve as a basis for development of interventions that can be used to generate policies and interventions for safer working environments among janitors.

More information about the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship can be found here: https://www.grad.umn.edu/funding-tuition/ddf

Deirdre Green’s Research Project: Health and Injury of Janitorial Service Employees
Advisor: Susan Goodwin Gerberich, PhD