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International Training and Research In Environmental and Occupational Health


The Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), NIH, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has developed this program in order to train foreign health scientists, clinicians, epidemiologists, toxicologists, engineers, industrial hygienists, chemists, and allied health workers from developing countries and emerging democracies in both general environmental health and occupational health.

Table of Contents

  1. Purpose
  2. Contact
  3. Program Design
  4. Training Types
  5. Three other types of training may be offered in-country
  6. Program Directors/U.S. Institutions/Collaborating Countries
  7. Archives

If you have questions about this program, please first review the FAQ website (Frequently Asked Questions)


Please contact the relevant U.S. program director for country-specific information, necessary qualifications, eligibility, and application procedures. Scientists from the participating countries are eligible to apply for these training programs. Scientists from countries other than those listed may wish to contact the Fogarty International Center at the following address for further information and suggestions as to which programs may be able to accommodate their interests:

Joshua Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Deputy Director
Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health
31 Center Drive, B2C29
Bethesda, MD 20892
301-402-6522 phone
301-402-0779 fax

Program Design

  • Increase expertise in epidemiology, engineering, and other components of environmental and occupational health through short-and long-term training at U.S. institutions, which may lead to M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in epidemiology, engineering, toxicology, and other related areas;

  • Increase laboratory expertise of technical assistants in foreign countries who are engaged in epidemiological and other studies related to environmental and occupational health through in- country, short-term, didactical, and technical training; and

  • Expand ongoing collaborative training and research in environmental or occupational health between U.S. and foreign scientists.

Training Types

  • Training in epidemiology concepts and methods, environmental monitoring, industrial hygiene, field studies and other research related to environmental and occupational health that will lead to the M.S. or Ph.D. degree for individuals with previous field research experience;

  • Training in epidemiology, field studies, environmental monitoring, industrial hygiene, and research related to environmental and occupational health that will lead to the M.S. degree for individuals without prior field research experience;

  • Short-term comprehensive courses in epidemiology, toxicology, chemistry, industrial hygiene and environmental and safety engineering, with an emphasis on control of occupational injuries and illnesses, for health and safety professionals to be given in the U.S.;

  • Training in laboratory procedures and research techniques related to environmental and occupational health for individuals with the M.S. or Ph.D. degree to be given in the U.S.;

  • Postdoctoral research training for foreign scientists who want to expand their abilities in the epidemiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of environmental and occupational disease and injury. Postdoctoral training can take place both in the U.S. and in foreign countries.

Three other types of training may be offered in-country:

  • Practical and applied short-term training related to environmental and occupational health for professionals, technicians and allied health professionals, including worker health and safety representatives, faculty of worker training facilities and other safety health trainers;

  • Advanced research training for selected current and former trainees to enable them to continue this advanced training in their home country and to participate in in-country research projects. While applicants can plan to include such training (estimated to be of about two years duration) as part of competing applications, individual appointments must be approved in advance as a reprogramming request and be under the guidance of the program director and his or her faculty colleagues.

  • Support to enable U.S. faculty to be involved in advanced research and in training activities conducted in-country.

Program Directors/U.S. Institutions/Collaborating Countries

Dr. Thomas Cook
Center for Int'l. Rural and Environmental Health
The University of Iowa
Room 356, IC
Iowa City, IA 52242
Telephone: 319-335-2822
Fax: 319-335-0280
(Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Romania)
http://www.public- health.uiowa.edu/Cireh/

Dr. Luz Claudio
Division of Environmental and
Occupational Medicine
Box #1057
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10020-6574
Telephone: 212-241-7625
Fax: 212-996-0407
(Brazil, Chile, Mexico)
Environmental Medicine Internship Program for Minority Students

Dr. Sarah A. Felknor
SW Center for Occupational Health
The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston
P.O. Box 20186
Houston, TX 77225
Telephone: 713-500-9464
Fax: 713-500-9442
(Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica)
Dr. John Froines
University of California,
Los Angeles Ctr. for Occupational & Env. Health
P.O. Box 951772
21-293 CHS
Los Angeles, CA
Telephone: 310-206-6141
Fax: 310-206-9903

Dr. Joseph H. Graziano
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University
Division of Environmental Health Sciences
60 Haven Avenue B-108
New York, NY 10032
Telephone: 212-305-1678
Fax: 212-305-3857

Dr. Daniel Hryhorczuk
Great Lakes Center for Occupational Environmental Safety & Health
University of Illinois at Chicago
2121 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612-7260
Telephone: 312-996-7887
Fax: 312-413-7369
(Ukraine, Belarus, Russia)
http://www.uic.edu/sph/ glakes/global/index.htm
Dr. Matthew C. Keifer
University of Washington
Occupational and Environmental Medicine
MS 359739
325 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Telephone: 206-731-3337
Fax: 206-731-8247
(Vietnam, Thailand)
http://depts.washington.edu/ isoeh/

Dr. Richard Kreutzer
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Building P, 3rd Floor
Richmond, CA 94804
Telephone: 510-620-3606
Fax: 510-620-3720
Dr. Jerold Alan Last
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
451 Health Sciences Drive
University of California
Davis, CA 95616-8685
Telephone: 530-752-6230
Fax: 530-752-8632
(Uruguay, Argentina)
http://ucdfogartyprogram.ucdavis.edu/ home.htm

Dr. Thomas Robins
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
University of Michigan
School of Public Health
109 South Observatory
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
Telephone: 313-936-0757
Fax: 313-763-8095
(Southern Africa)
Fogarty/University of Michigan ITREOH Programme

Dr. Mark G. Robson
Environmental and Occupational Health
University of Medicine &
Dentistry of New Jersey
NJAES Martin Hall
88 Lipman Drive
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Telephone: 732-932-1000 x506
Fax: 732-932-8955
Dr. Nalini Sathiakumar
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1665 University Blvd., RPHB 220
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022
Telephone: 205-934-3719
Fax: 205-975-7058
http://www.soph.uab.edu/ professionalprograms/irtp/training/itreoh
Dr. Allan Smith
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
50 University Hall #7360
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
Telephone: 510-843-1736
Fax: 510-843-5539
(India, Bangladesh)
http://socrates.berkeley.edu/ ~asrg/
Dr. Kyle Steenland
Rollins School of Public Health
1518 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
Telephone: 404-712-8277
Fax: 404-727-8744
(Chile, Peru, Mexico)
http://www.sph.emory.edu/ index.php
Dr. Thomas Voice
Dr. David T. Long
Institute of International Health
Michigan State University
B-301 West Fee Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Telephone: 517-353-9718
Fax: 517-355-0250
(Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia,
Montenegro, Romania, Serbia)

Dr. Tongzhang Zheng
School of Medicine
Yale University
60 College Street
P.O. Box 208034
New Haven, CT 55455
Telephone: 203-785-2882
Fax: 203-737-6023


  • A special supplement to the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health was published in 2006 outlining the ITREOH program and each of its component projects individually. Click here to view these papers.

  • The announcement for this program appeared in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on March 10, 2006. RFA-TW-06-004.

Updated July 2008


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