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The 2012 Inaugural Summer Institute in Occupational Health and Safety

Sponsored by: The University of South Florida College of Public Health and Sunshine Education and Resource Center

During this exciting inaugural program at USF, 15 students were able to learn about key public health themes and current issues in occupational health and safety by participating in seminars, laboratory sessions, and field experiences. As illustrated in the photo montage below, the program participants met with experts from:

  • USF College of Public Health
  • Occupational Health and Safety Administration
  • USF Environmental Health and Safety Program
  • James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
  • Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
  • Hillsborough County Water Reclamation Facility
  • Pinellas County Waste-to-Energy facility
  • Leader Tech
  • Val-Pak
    as well as research scientists from the College of Public Health and College of Medicine.

An article about this successful inaugural program was featured on the USF Health Honors and Awards site and a photo montage is also provided below and at this link:
NOTE: You can click on the blue underlined titles within the different boxes, to go to the Picasa photo albums for those site visits/learning activities.

Participant Quotes:

    "Attending the ERC Summer Institute 2012 has given me the opportunity to learn more about Environmental and Occupational Health in the College of Public Health! I am able to point out potential safety hazards when I walk into different places."

    "The Summer Institute in occupational health and safety was a really great experience and extremely successful in introducing me to the field as well as the University of South Florida. Many of the careers in EOH are very interesting and I am very grateful for the wonderful staff, as I learned a lot."

    "What a wonderful program! ERC Summer Institute provided a great opportunity to experience public health from an occupational health and safety perspective. There are endless possibilities!!!"

    "A highly recommended program to experience that a person interested in EOH should try and get involved in."

    "I highly recommend the program for a great experience and exposure to the field of environmental and occupational health."

    "This was an amazing experience. I loved it and I learned a lot. At the beginning I didn't know much, but now I have a great idea of what the program is about. I wish all the graduate programs in the school would have something like this. It was an eye opener. So thank you!!!"

    "This experience has opened my eyes to what EOH represents employment/careerwise. There are so many opportunities in this field. I am excited to continue on, to get my master's in EOH! Thanks!"

    "This is an experience that will open your eyes and stimulate your mind to various things you would have never even thought of."

    "The ERC Summer Institute was a great experience. I learned so much about occupational safety and I met so many cool people during the week. Dr. Salazar is an amazing person. I would recommend this program to any and everyone!!!"

    "I learned so much from Dr. Salazar and the USF EOH staff. I learned how important occupational safety and health was and how I could integrate that into my psychology interest. I would definitely recommend this program to any student who is interested in public health. It was an amazing experience and I am truly grateful."

    "Wonderful experience. We got to explore opportunities in the EOH field with an amazing coordinator…Dr. Salazar."

    "An unforgettable experience learning and explaining the field of environmental and occupational health."

    "Being an EOH expert is being a public health specialist."

    "The ERC Summer Institute was an amazing opportunity that opened my eyes to the environmental and occupational health branch of the broad field of public health."