Environmental Health Sciences Centers

Center for Violence Prevention and Control

The Center for Violence Prevention and Control (CVPC) is an academic research center dedicated to the development and facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration in research and graduate education efforts that can ultimately affect the prevention and control of violence.

The purpose of the CVPC is to generate knowledge through research in violence prevention and control, to disseminate this knowledge to use as the basis for development of prevention and control efforts, and to provide a comprehensive violence prevention and control graduate education curriculum.

Exposure Science and Sustainability Institute

The Exposure Science and Sustainability Institute (ESSI) was founded in 2015 by Dr. Susan Arnold and Dr. Gurumurthy Ramachandran to provide excellence in Exposure Science and Sustainability research and training, responding to industry identified needs. The Institute’s activities include both services and products that help address specific research questions and provide specific deliverables to pre-defined customers.

Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS)

Since 1977, the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS) has actively served the Midwest by offering graduate training programs and continuing education courses in the field of occupational health and safety. This Education and Research Center, one of 18 nationwide, was designed in response to a mandate of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to provide an adequate supply of qualified personnel to carry out the purposes of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and reduce the national burden of work-related injury and illness.MCOHS provides graduate academic and research training programs, continuing education and outreach activities, including research-to-practice, and serves as a regional resource for industry, labor, federal, state, and local government agencies, agriculture, and other interested parties. The MCOHS, recognized regionally, nationally and internationally for its impact, has a service area that includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North and South Dakota.

Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training

The Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training has been funded since 1987 by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to develop, present and evaluate model worker training programs to help employers comply with 29 CFR 1910.120. We offer in-person hazmat and hazwoper training, custom trainings at our site or yours to meet the needs of groups and companies, and community workshops.These programs are sponsored in part by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) as part of the Hazardous Material Worker Health and Safety Training Cooperative Agreement.

Minnesota Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence

In 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designated Minnesota as one of five Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence. The Minnesota Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence, a partnership between the Minnesota Department of Health and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, is committed to improving training, research, continuing education, and outreach related to food safety and the prevention of foodborne illness. The Center’s mission is to identify and evaluate best practices for foodborne disease surveillance and outbreak investigation, and share this knowledge with others.

Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)

The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is an outreach program at the University of Minnesota that helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and costs to improve public health and the environment.

Regional Injury Prevention Research Center (RIPRC)

The Regional Injury Prevention Research Center (RIPRC) was established to provide a multidisciplinary program for the prevention and control of injuries, including catastrophic and long-term disabling injuries, with attention to the rural environment. The overall goal of this Center is to develop injury control programs, which will ultimately reduce mortality, morbidity, and disability from injury in rural and other areas using a comprehensive and integrated approach that incorporates research, education, and intervention efforts.The uniqueness of this center is its focus on injuries, which are a major source of disability, life years lost and costs to the region and society in general. RIPRC is one of few such designated centers in the country.

Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH)

The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health (UMASH) Center is one of nine Centers of Excellence in Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) throughout the United States. The center is a collaboration of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and College of Veterinary Medicine, the National Farm Medicine Center of the Marshfield Clinic with the Migrant Clinicians Network, and the Minnesota Department of Health. This collaboration brings together unique and complimentary expertise to address existing and emerging occupational health and safety issues in agriculture.