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The 2013 Summer Institute in Occupational Health and Safety

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


Program Directed By:
René R. Salazar, Ph.D., CIH, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health


During the second year of this exciting program at USF, ten college students and young professionals were introduced to current issues in public health and occupational health and safety by participating in seminars, laboratory sessions and field experiences. As illustrated in the photo montage below, program participants learned from USF College of Public Health faculty, staff and students, as well as experts from:

  • United States Department of Labor - Occupational Health and Safety Administration
  • USF Division of Environmental Health and Safety
  • USF Global Health Infectious Diseases Research Laboratories
  • USF Center for Biological Defense
  • Florida Department of Health Tampa Branch Laboratory
  • CIH Equipment Company
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

A photo montage is also provided below and at SERC Summer Institute 2013. In addition, an extensive Picasa album of all photos from the SERC Summer Institute can be accessed at photo album. The Summer Institute was also featured on the WUSF 89.7 University Beat; click on Audio to hear the radio broadcast and click on report to read the complete news story. 

Participant Quotes:

"The Summer Institute in Occupational Health & Safety at USF is truly a great way to immerse yourself in many facets of the field as well as getting a better idea of the whole public health realm through several beneficial experiences."

"The Summer Institute has been an eye opening and life changing experience. I would not trade it for anything."

"It is an awesome program that helps you explore different career options in occupational health. The Summer Institute in Occupational Health and Safety provides students with the opportunity to explore many different career paths in this field."

"This experience really opened my eyes in what I want to do with my career. I loved learning everything about public health and especially more about environmental and occupational health. I really recommend the Summer Institute to others."

"An abundance of beneficial information given at a university full of very educated staff and students. Gave me an opportunity to look into a profession that prior to the program I had no idea even existed, all in sunny Florida!"

"This is a great program for anyone interested in public health. Especially true if you aren’t sure which area you want to specialize in. Fantastic networking opportunities as well."

"The Summer Institute gave me great insight into public health and specifically occupational health and safety. I highly recommend this program to anyone who has an interest in this field."

"The Summer Institute gave me valuable insight into the field of occupational health and safety which allowed me to better direct possible paths of graduate studies in USF’s public health program. I learned that occupational health and safety professionals use science and technology in the workplace to save lives and make a difference in our communities."