UAB center awarded $6 million to train safety professionals

UAB's center is one of 17 funded by NIOSH to train safety and health practitioners.

DeepSouthOccup_storyThe Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety at the UAB School of Public Health, has received a five-year, $6 million award for research and training from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The center, one of 17 funded by NIOSH, develops the safety and health practitioner of the future, says Elizabeth H. Maples, Ph.D., deputy director of the center.

“The majority of our graduates work in settings in Alabama and the Southeast, making a difference in the safety and health of the workforce and helping businesses to be more productive,” Maples says.

The Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety serves many functions, including a pilot research program, which supports the research of new investigators in the Southeast, a continuing education program for those in the field and community outreach activities in and around Birmingham.