RT208

IH/OH and the Future of University Curricula

Monday, May 23 | 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Topics:

Communication and Training, Exposure Banding/OEL Process, International

Arranger: D. Zalk, LLNL, Livermore, CA. Moderator: S. Hicks, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO. Monitors: K. Milani, San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA; M. Phibbs, Deerfoot Consulting, Inc., Calgary, AB, Canada.

The established IH/OH core curriculum that produced generations of qualified professionals has stood the test of time, but is there room for improvement? Topics like control banding, PtD, and Bayesian statistics find their way to IH/OH field practitioners, but are inconsistently introduced in academics. What are the priorities and challenges of today’s faculty that may inform our understanding of how curriculum can be revised to reflect needs of employers, recent graduates, and practitioners in IH/OH? This roundtable summarizes university curricula’s current state and gathers affected experts to initiate dialogue and develop a path forward for this issue.

The Academic Climate in Today’s Industrial Hygiene and Related Programs: A Survey of Faculty Challenges and Opportunities R. Lewis, Saint Louis University, St Louis, MO.

Building the Bridge: Where Research, Academia, and Global Practice Meet D. Zalk, UIC, San Jose, CA.

Changing the Scope of IH Practice for Credentials through Academic Study S. Ripple, Susan Ripple Consulting, LLC, Midland, MI.

NIOSH Efforts to Advance Occupational Safety and Health through Academic Programs and Curriculum Development for Young Workers T. Lentz, CDC/NIOSH, Cincinnati, OH.

ABET’s Impact on the IH/OSHE Field J. Zey, UCM, Warrensburg, MO; S. Hicks, University of Central Missouri, Lees Summit, MO.