The Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program typically entails two years of training. In the first year, Fellows obtain a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the University of California at Berkeley. The year at Berkeley provides excellent training in occupational and environmental epidemiology, public policy, environmental health sciences, health behavior, health education, biostatistics, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, and toxicology. Trainees attend classes and begin a research project during the first year, while participating in clinical activities in occupational and environmental medicine at UCSF. Physicians who already have an MPH degree can apply for entry directly into the second year of the training program.
The second year focuses on supervised practical training. The practicum year involves training time in clinics; local, state, federal or international governmental agencies; NGOs; academic; consulting; and industry settings. Trainees participate in patient care activities in university and community-based clinics for occupational or environmental injuries and illnesses, infectious disease prevention services, toxicology consultations, and placement and surveillance examinations of workers. The training includes site visits to various workplace and community settings to evaluate occupational and environmental health risks.
The rotations and site visits are supplemented by weekly clinical case conferences, biweekly grand rounds, research seminars and journal clubs. Trainees also design and complete a 1-2 year research project investigating a topic of interest to them in environmental or occupational medicine. Research opportunities in occupational and environmental lung injury, ergonomics/cumulative trauma injury, neurotoxicology, injury epidemiology, heavy metal toxicity, and environmental health are available.