Program Overview and Mission
The Johns Hopkins Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency is a two-year training program that prepares physicians for careers in any of the major sectors of occupational and environmental medicine and develops thoughtful, inclusive leaders with expertise in both clinical and population health practice.
Our graduates manage and improve the health of populations by:
- Developing and implementing programs to mitigate occupational or environmental exposure.
- Delivering clinical care to individuals exposed to chemical, physical, biological, ergonomic, and/or psychological hazards in a variety of occupational and environmental settings.
- Educating workers, employers, and other stakeholders about occupational health hazards and mitigation measures.
- Applying new technologies, research findings, and management techniques to improve the health of working populations and minimize work disability.
- Promoting healthy, equitable, inclusive, and diverse workplaces that support total worker health.
- Advocating for fairness and inclusivity in developing and implementing environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
By completing an MPH degree and practicum rotations, trainees learn how to prevent and manage injury, illness, and disability, while promoting the health and productivity of workers, their families, and communities. Completion of the two-year program leads to eligibility for the certifying examination of the American Board of Preventive Medicine. The OEMR is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and is one of the key programs that make up the Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center (ERC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency is a two-year program. Residents are required to:
- Meet all MPH requirements, including course requirements for the MPH degree and residency.
- Meet all Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Occupational and Environmental Medicine Requirements, including participation in practicum and clinical rotations, departmental activities, conferences, and research.
Example Schedule with Required Courses
Courses listed for each term are required by either the residency or the MPH program. The example course schedule below has worked for residents previously, but residents should review the MPH program manual closely as MPH requirements or course offerings may change from year to year. Residents must register for 16 credits in all terms. You do not have to register for resident seminar for credit if you would like to take additional courses. However, you should make sure your courses do not interfere with resident seminar or your clinic. Any concerns should be communicated to Program Director and Deputy Program Director.
Eighty (80) credit hours are needed for the degree, including core, residency requirements, and electives. Only 20 credits total may be taken in “special studies” courses. During academic year 2022-2023, the program planning for health behavior change course was offered in person Tuesdays and Thursdays afternoons and required students to do assignments graded during the class, and this posed a conflict with clinic days traditionally assigned for first year residents on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Please inform Dr. Rivera if there are scheduling conflicts with the course this academic year and alternate course suggestions will be made.
|PH.300.615||The Tools of Public Health Practice||1|
|PH.380.755||Population Dynamics and Public Health||2|
|PH.300.610||Public Health Policy||4|
|PH.306.601||Introduction to Bioethics in Public Health Practice and Research||1|
|PH.550.867||Introduction to MPH Studies|
|PH.550.860||Academic & Research Ethics at BSPH|
|PH.340.601||Principles of Epidemiology||5|
|PH.188.840||Special Studies and Research Environmental Health & Engineering||1|
|PH.188.680||Fundamentals of Occupational Health (online)||3|
|PH.140.611||Statistical Reasoning in Public Health I (Do online but sit in on class as desired)||3|
|PH.410.620||Program Planning for Health Behavior Change||3|
|PH.552.609||Psychological and Behavioral Factors That Affect A Population's Health (online)||0.5|
|PH.552.625||Building Collaborations Across Sectors to Improve Population Health (online)||0.5|
|PH.552.608||Biologic, Genetic and Infectious Bases of Human Disease (online)||0.5|
|PH.552.601||Foundational Principles of Public Health (online)||0.5|
|PH.188.840||Special Studies and Research Environmental Health & Engineering 1||1|
|Electives or additional Special Studies credits||1|
|PH.187.610||Public Health Toxicology (online)||4|
|PH.182.621||Introduction to Ergonomics 2||4|
|PH.140.612||Statistical Reasoning in Public Health II (online)||3|
|PH.182.625||Principles of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene||4|
|PH.380.604||Life Course Perspectives on Health (online)||4|
|PH.188.840||Special Studies and Research Environmental Health & Engineering (Resident Seminar) 1||1|
|PH.552.626||Systems Thinking: Concepts and Methods 3||0.5|
*INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATIONAL EVENT (required, but not formal course)
|PH.312.600||Managing Health Services Organizations (online)||4|
|Basic Resources Management for Public Health
or Creating, Implementing and Monitoring Budgets for Projects and Programs
|PH.188.686||Clinical Environmental and Occupational Toxicology||3|
|PH.317.600||Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy (online)||4|
|PH.552.624||Applications of Negotiation and Mediation for Public Health Professionals||0.5|
|PH.552.623||Principles of Negotiation and Mediation for Public Health Professionals (online)||0.5|
|PH.552.603||The Role of Qualitative Methods and Science in Describing and Assessing a Population's Health (online)||0.5|
|PH.552.610||The Social Determinants of Health (online)||0.5|
|PH.552.611||Globalization and Population Health (online)||0.5|
|PH.260.720||Communications Primer for the Public Health Sciences (online assigned to 1st, 2nd, or 3rd term according to last name)||1|
|PH.188.840||Special Studies and Research Environmental Health & Engineering 1||1|
|PH.186.800||MPH Capstone: Environmental Health & Engineering||2|
|PH.317.610||Risk Policy, Management and Communication (online)||3|
|PH.188.681||Onsite Evaluation of Workplace and Occupational Health Programs (worksite evaluation course)||5|
|PH.340.722||Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health II (online)||4|
|PH.340.680||Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (if it is offered online)||4|
|PH.188.840||Special Studies and Research Environmental Health & Engineering (Resident Seminar) 1||2|
|PH.305.615||Occupation Injury Prevention and Safety Policy and Practice||2|
|PH.550.870||SS/R: Occupational Medicine Residency-Practicum Year (16 credits per term)||16|
|PH.340.680||Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (4th term)||4|
|PH.180.611||The Global Environment, Climate Change, and Public Health||4|
|PH.180.670||Introduction to Public Health Emergency Preparedness||3|
|PH.182.623||Occupational Health Management||3|
|Data Analysis Workshop I|
and Data Analysis Workshop II
|PH.305.623||Fundamentals of Clinical Preventive Medicine||3|
|PH.182.637||Noise and Other Physical Agents in the Environment||4|
|PH.182.617||Exposure Sciences for Health Risk Assessment||4|
Residents should review the MPH program manual closely as requirements may change from year to year.
If needed, residents can also get credit for resident seminar by signing up for 1-2 credits of EHE 188.840 to meet the 16 credit hour minimum requirement in any given term. However, some residents may choose not to sign up for resident seminar because either 1) they take additional electives instead or 2) they have a minimum of 16 credit hours with their other courses.
Ergonomics course can be scheduled in first year if schedule allows, however many residents have taken it in second year.
In academic year 2022-2023, Systems Thinking was offered in second term and fourth terms, but not offered during third term.
Course location and modality is found on the BSPH website.
Prospective applicants can find additional information about the program on the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency page. For a full list of program policies, please visit the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency page where residents can find links to the Program Manual.