Rural and Agricultural Occupational Medicine

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  • The Texas Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (TIOSH®) was awarded a five year Training Project Grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to offer innovative training for Occupational Medicine residents in the areas of rural and agricultural occupational medicine. This nationally competitive grant is the first training project grant of its kind for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. The National Center for Farmworker Health based in Buda, Texas is a partner in the grant.




    Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries, with a high risk for fatal and non-fatal injuries and work-related disease conditions. Many occupational medicine physicians have little experience with agricultural-related health issues, such as the risk factors that contribute to illness, disability and death in rural settings.

    The goals of the grant are to:

  • Increase the number of qualified physicians with the skills needed to address occupational health concerns in non-urban areas;
  • Improve residents’ understanding of responsible and culturally appropriate research activities; and
  • Nurture partnerships in interdisciplinary clinical experience between occupational medicine residency programs and community or migrant worker health centers through collaboration with the National Center for Farmworker Health.

TIOSH® is an Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) member clinic and has a multi-disciplinary faculty and staff engaged in a wide array of educational and research activities with funding support from organizations including NIOSH, EPA, and ATSDR.

Printable information sheet for the Rural and Agricultural Occupational Medicine Residency Program (click here).
Printable Spanish version of the information sheet.
To discuss your career in occupational medicine, please contact:
Michelle Harris, Program Coordinator
903.877-5636
Fax 903.877-7982