Program Curriculum

The Occupational Medicine Residency Program is a two-year program offering academic and practicum years of training.

The academic year consists of a course of study leading to a Master's Degree that includes certified training in the four areas required by the American Board of Preventive Medicine: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health administration.

Other courses required by the program include behavioral health, occupational health I and II, industrial hygiene, and toxicology. Completion of a master thesis is a required element of this program and residents are provided research opportunities and supervision appropriate to their interests. Training is conducted at Meharry Medical College, through the CEPH-accredited MSPH degree program. 

Residents must meet requirements set by the Meharry School of Graduate Studies for satisfactory performance. 

The practicum year includes both didactic and applied components. The overall goal of the practicum year is to train the resident in the practice of occupational medicine; to this end, the scope of the experience is designed to be broad enough to ensure an ability to address a range of occupational health issues in different settings, with both sick and well individuals and populations.

The resident gains experience in:

  • planning and implementation of workplace-hazard recognition, evaluation, and control;
  • disability and work fitness;
  • organizational and healthcare management;
  • environmental health and risk assessment; and
  • population-based occupational medicine.

Specific rotations during the practicum year include comprehensive occupational medicine, OSHA, employee health, environmental medicine, toxicology, and health administration/quality management. Residents also experience various types of organizations and infrastructures, from industry to clinical occupational medicine practice in the private setting, public health agencies, community programs, and medical schools.

Didactic sessions in the mornings and continuity clinics in the afternoons continue once weekly throughout the two years of training. Educational sessions are from 9:00–11:00 a.m., and cover several topics:

  • epidemiology
  • health systems
  • environmental health
  • public health
  • clinical preventive medicine
  • occupational medicine

Educational sessions also serve as a forum for discussion of evidence-based guidelines and recent occupational medicine articles in leading peer-reviewed journals.

Grand rounds are held each week and include lectures by experts in the field. Work site visits are conducted twice per year.

Learn more about the program and application process by clicking the links to the left.