The Southern California NIOSH Education and Research Center (ERC) is one of 17 multidisciplinary centers in the United States supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health for education and research in the field of occupational health.
The Southern California Center is administratively housed in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA School of Public Health. The Center supports graduate degree programs in Occupational Medicine at UC Irvine, and Occupational Health Nursing and Industrial Hygiene at UCLA. For these programs the Center provides student support (fees and stipends for US citizens or permanent residents) and infrastructure support.
The Center supports approximately 40 graduate students in the field of occupational health. It provides a focus for multidisciplinary research in the broad field of occupational health. It also supports Continuing Education and Outreach Programs, and a Pilot Project Research Training Program for Occupational Safety and Health trainees. The Center is closely linked with the Centers for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) at UCLA and UC Irvine.