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University of South Florida
College of Public Health
EOH: Occupational Medicine
13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.,
MDC 56
Tampa, FL 33612


The lack of well trained board certified occupational medicine physicians has never been more evident, especially in the State of Florida and Southeastern United States. The shortage of residency trained health professionals knowledgeable in the mechanism of work place injury and the causal relationship between exposure and illness has lead to a rise in work related health care costs, an increase in time off from work and decreased productivity. Early recognition and treatment is the cornerstone of any solution to this growing problem.

The USF OM residency is designed for physicians with full-time career goals in the field of Occupational Medicine yet allows opportunity for those interested in administration, utilization review or public health. Our curriculum enables the resident to design a course of study leading to an MSPH degree. The breadth of the residency is such that there is sufficient flexibility to accommodate varying interests and career goals.

Occupational medicine physicians might be called upon to develop programs designed for medical surveillance, workplace monitoring, the prevention of occupational health disorders, and patient care. OM physicians could potentially be in charge of the administration and management of occupational health programs in an industrial setting or wherever personnel health services are needed, especially in a managed care setting.

OM physicians can also be found in the development and management of governmental programs, which may be required by law to provide surveillance, monitoring and hazard evaluations. Some OM physicians pursue careers in teaching and research in an academic setting.

Occupational Medicine Physicians work in a variety of places such as employee health clinics in hospitals, manufacturing plants, nuclear power plants, chemical companies, pharmaceutical firms, industry and manufacturing of all types, and public utilities and insurance companies. Some occupational medicine physicians work for such government agencies like the CDC, OSHA, and NIOSH. Some OM physicians do consulting work, while others pursue research or academic careers.

According to, the median annual earnings of occupational health physicians were just around $200,000. Many locations pay much higher and the job availability is really great.

Monies to support tuition and fees for full time students are available thanks to our NIOSH grant. Our residents’ salaries are provided by our institutional affiliations with the James A. Haley VA Hospital, Bay Pines VA Hospital and Tampa General Hospital. Residents enter the program as a PGY-2. Resident salaries & Benefits are provided by the GME office and adjusted annually. Please see our tab on Salary and Benefits for details.

The MSPH in Occupational Medicine includes an occupational medicine residency program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The residency program is a two year concurrent academic and practicum with academic work in the evenings while the practicum takes place during the day. USF offers its occupational medicine residents with unparalleled clinical experiences in a variety of settings: hospital based clinics, local private practices and a variety of truly unique experiences. Furthermore, residents are required to complete a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree which affords them with a robust fund of public health knowledge with special emphases on research, occupational health policy, disease and exposure. The program offers a variety of elective rotations so you have the opportunity to customize some of them to the type of work you plan on doing when you graduate.

“The Program Director and clinical faculty members are very dedicated to the residents’ education and training. They trained us to be competent occupation physician and public health leaders. I am very proud to have trained here.”

We are accredited to train a maximum of 8 residents over two training years. In general we have 5-6 residents, 2-3 per program year.

Applications are accepted from August 1st up to December 1st. Interviews take place from October early December. Accepted residents will be notified on or around December 15th. The Program Directors for all the OM residencies determine the exact date each year so all applicants are made initial offers on the same day.

Unfortunately, we cannot sponsor for visas. In order to be eligible, applicants must either be a Permanent Resident, or Citizen of the United States.

The OMR does not offer the Complimentary Pathway.

Yes, you will be eligible for a 2 year clinical program but will still need to complete the courses required for the MSPH. The USF College of Public Health will evaluate your MPH transcripts and determine how many credits can be applied to your MSPH degree and which classes you would still be required to take.

US Medical school graduates are required to have 12 months of ACGME approved clinical training with at least 11 months of direct patient care, before being eligible for our program. Foreign medical school graduates must have 24 months of US ACGME accredited clinical training before being eligible. Certificates of training completion must be provided, as well as the name and contact information of the Program Director of the completed program(s).

We require that the applicant submit three (3) letters of recommendation that are no more than two years old. One must be written by the applicant’s previous program director and the other two should be from faculty, hospital staff, or coworkers who know the applicant and can recommend him/her for the program.

Please address them to:
Dr. Thomas Truncale
Program Director, Occupational Medicine Residency Program
University of South Florida
College of Public Health
13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd,. MDC 56
Tampa, FL 33612