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Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences

Education and Research Center (ERC)

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates:

Continuing Education (CE)

The Continuing Education (CE) Program is based in the Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. The major purpose of the continuing education component of the ERC is to develop and present a multi-disciplinary program of courses in the fields of occupational health, industrial hygiene, safety, and nursing.

These courses are offered to enhance the education and expand the knowledge and skills of practicing professionals. This purpose is accomplished through objectives including the following:
  • provide formalized training in occupational safety and health at different levels;
  • meet the educational needs of practicing professionals through regional needs assessment;
  • serve as a resource to the community through awareness presentations; and
  • provide services to occupational health professionals.

The CE Program features:

  • experienced faculty with 28 trainers having expertise from 20 different occupational safety and health disciplines;
  • diverse course offerings with over 100 unique courses with over 1000 individuals trained annually;
  • collaborations with numerous external partners to provide experiential and customized training; and
  • access to state of the art teaching technologies.

Participants in our CE courses come from a variety of occupational and environmental health settings including government, labor organizations, and industry. The backgrounds of the participants vary and include those just beginning to work in a safety or health field, with experience and needing a refresher course in basic material, and professionals keeping abreast of current advanced developments. The CE Program is also the lead member of the Great Lakes OSHA Education Center and collaborates to offer many occupational safety courses.

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Characterization of Aerosols from Musical Performance and Risk Mitigation Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: July 29, 2020 4pm-5pm EST

Location: WebEx

Presenter: Jun Wang, Ph.D., PE, CIH, CSP

Panelists: Tiina Reponen, Ph.D., Sergey Grinshpun, Ph.D., James Bunte, Ph.D.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns have been raised regarding potential airborne virus transmission and exposure during musical performances. Past studies suggest the magnitudes of aerosol emissions from singing and speaking vary by person and vocal pitches. Meanwhile, little is known about aerosol emissions from wind instruments. There are several real-world cases of airborne infection during music-related events. It is critical to understand the potential risks related to K-12 music education programs, college music education programs, and professional choir and orchestra performances.

At the conclusion of this Webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic principles of aerosol transmission in relation to COVID-19 pandemic, including differences between aerosols and droplets.
  2. Explain the effects of distances, ventilation conditions, and other factors on aerosol concentrations in a room.
  3. Explain how singing, playing of wind instruments, or talking elevates aerosol concentrations in a room.
  4. Identify potential engineering controls, personal protection, and proper guidelines to reduce risks of COVID-19 infection during practicing and teaching vocal and instrumental music.

21st Annual Pilot Research Project (PRP) Symposium

Date: October 1-2, 2020

Location: Virtual Symposium on Whova and WebEx

About: The Pilot Research Project symposium is part of the University of Cincinnati NIOSH Education and Research Center. Completed projects and project plans will be presented by 2019-20 & 2020-21 PRP awardees as well as a keynote presentation by Dr. Claire Caruso, Research Health Scientist at NIOSH/CDC. Dr. Caruso will be presenting on shift work and long work hours. All PRP awardee presentations and posters will be on various topics concerning occupational health and safety. This event is free and open to the public, please register in advance.

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