WVU’s Occupational Medicine clinical program focuses on surveillance, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of work-related injuries. An important component of the program at WVU is a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-sponsored residency program for physicians interested in occupational medicine.

Effective Aug. 1, the department became the Division of Occupational Medicine in the School of Public Health, as part of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences. It was previously housed in the School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine.

“The School of Public Health’s mission is tightly aligned with the mission of the Occupational Medicine faculty, and we believe this will give all of us the opportunity to strengthen and advance the education, research and service focused on employee health within West Virginia, across the 13 states of the Appalachian region and around the world," Gregory A. Hand, Ph.D., M.P.H., founding dean of the School of Public Health, said. "The addition of this excellent clinical program to the School of Public Health will bring a new dimension to how the School can serve the people of West Virginia."