COEH faculty Fadi Fathallah is the director of a newly awarded educational research program designed to train PhD students in agricultural safety and health (ASH). The NIOSH-funded initiative, offered at UC Davis, will train doctoral students who will develop interdisciplinary skills in ASH research and practice. Currently, candidates will apply to the PhD program in Biological Systems Engineering with a major emphasis on ASH, with the possibility of expanding the candidate pool to other programs such as Epidemiology and Toxicology.
Participating faculty from COEH includes Kent Pinkerton, Stephen McCurdy, Deborah Bennett, and Marc Schenker. A total of six professors are taking part in the program from four colleges/schools on campus: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine.
Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries in the United States. Every day, approximately 167 agricultural workers suffer a lost-work-time injury. Five percent of these injuries result in permanent impairment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet, there are very few US academic programs that train doctoral students in ASH. The new program will fill this void by educating doctoral professionals and leaders in who will play a role in making agriculture a safer industry.
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