The New York-New Jersey Education and Research Center (NYNJERC) is the hub of education and research in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in Federal Region 2, comprising the states of New York and New Jersey, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands.
The mission of NYNJERC is to prepare the next generation of professionals to be leaders in OHS through rigorous interdisciplinary academic training programs in all the major fields of OHS – occupational medicine, occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene, occupational safety and health engineering and ergonomics – so that our graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they will need to understand, evaluate, prevent, manage and treat occupational disease and injury in the workers of our region and across the United States.
The NYNJERC was founded in 1973 by the late Irving J. Selikoff, MD, a renowned pulmonary physician and pioneer in Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) who made seminal discoveries pertaining to the human carcinogenicity of asbestos and was centrally involved in creating both the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The program has received continuous support from NIOSH since 1978. Under a series of distinguished leaders in academic occupational medicine, the program has built strong research and educational programs and has trained two generations of OSH professionals, many of whom, including the current Director of OSHA, now occupy senior leadership positions and populate the OEM workforce in Federal Region 2 and across the U.S.
The NYNJERC is a consortium of five educational institutions in two states, and its nine programs in OSH training cover three of the four essential core academic areas of OSH. Our programs are: