The Sunshine Education and Research Center at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida was begun in 1997 to focus on interdisciplinary training of occupational safety and health professionals, training in evidence-based practice and research, continuing education and outreach. It is located in the College of Public Health and offers programs collaboratively with the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Arts and Sciences. The center is recognized as a state and regional resource in occupational safety and health. We are dedicated to training professionals on how to treat and prevent occupational illnesses, why illnesses occur in the workplace, and how to make the workplace a safer environment. We are organized around center-wide activities, interdisciplinary training, academic programs, outreach, and research training. We focus on providing training that reflects on the needs of the key industries in Florida and the emerging issues of the region and the nation. The Sunshine ERC has strong institutional support and qualified, well respected faculty to direct the programs.
The Sunshine ERC offers programs in Occupational Exposure Science (formerly called Industrial Hygiene), Occupational Health Nursing, Occupational Health Psychology, Occupational Safety and Occupational Medicine Residency. Continuing Education provides training and workforce development for practicing professionals. In addition our Pilot Project Research Training Program fosters research in occupational health and safety.
The strategic initiatives of the Sunshine ERC are:
The Sunshine Education and Research Center at the University of South Florida promotes worker health, safety and well-being by training professionals guided by innovative research.
Thomas Bernard, PhD., CIH