Occupational Medicine is the medical specialty devoted to the prevention and management of occupational and environmental injury, illness and disability, and promotion of the health and productivity of workers, their families, and communities.
Since 1978, the Occupational Medicine Residency Program at Meharry Medical College has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and has maintained full continued accreditation since. It is the only such program offered by an HBCU and the only such program in the state of Tennessee. In addition to board eligibility in occupational medicine, residents earn a Master of Science in Public Health degree from the Meharry School of Graduate Studies, Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited program. This residency training program is partially-funded by a NIOSH Training Program Grant.
The mission of the Program is to recruit and train qualified physicians who demonstrate:
- commitment to a career in the prevention of occupational and environmental diseases
- skill in diagnosis and treatment
- ability to develop and administer occupational and environmental health programs for unions, industry, government, and academic institutions; and proactive enthusiasm in the development of scientific, legal, political, and ethical questions in the discipline.