About Us

The mission of the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NWCOHS) is to provide professional education and research services to employers, workers and health and safety professionals in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Housed in the UW Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine, the Center offers graduate programs (MS, PhD and MPH) in exposure sciences (formerly industrial hygiene), occupational medicine, and occupational health nursing. In addition to these three core disciplines, the Center also trains students in Hazardous Substance Management and Occupational Health Services Research. A continuing education program develops and maintains the skills of professionals work ing in the region.

As the only Education and Research Center (ERC) in our four-state region, the Northwest Center is a critical resource to business, labor and public health practitioners in preventing work-related injury and illness. We partner with these groups, state governmental agencies and professional associations in ensuring adequate training, continuing education and research services to the region.