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International Training and Research in Environmental and Occupational Health

Status: Closed

No plans to recompete

Program Overview

The International Training and Research In Environmental and Occupational Health (ITREOH) program trains foreign health scientists, clinicians, epidemiologists, toxicologists, engineers, industrial hygienists, chemists, and allied health workers from developing countries and emerging democracies in both general environmental health and occupational health.

Examples of program design include:

  • Increase expertise in epidemiology, engineering, and other components of environmental and occupational health through short-and long-term training at U.S. institutions, which may lead to M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in epidemiology, engineering, toxicology, and other related areas;
  • Increase laboratory expertise of technical assistants in foreign countries who are engaged in epidemiological and other studies related to environmental and occupational health through in- country, short-term, didactical, and technical training; and
  • Expand ongoing collaborative training and research in environmental or occupational health between U.S. and foreign scientists.

Examples of training types include:

  • Training in epidemiology concepts and methods, environmental monitoring, industrial hygiene, field studies and other research related to environmental and occupational health that will lead to the M.S. or Ph.D. degree for individuals with previous field research experience;
  • Training in epidemiology, field studies, environmental monitoring, industrial hygiene, and research related to environmental and occupational health that will lead to the M.S. degree for individuals without prior field research experience;
  • Short-term comprehensive courses in epidemiology, toxicology, chemistry, industrial hygiene and environmental and safety engineering, with an emphasis on control of occupational injuries and illnesses, for health and safety professionals to be given in the U.S.;
  • Training in laboratory procedures and research techniques related to environmental and occupational health for individuals with the M.S. or Ph.D. degree to be given in the U.S.;
  • Postdoctoral research training for foreign scientists who want to expand their abilities in the epidemiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of environmental and occupational disease and injury. Postdoctoral training can take place both in the U.S. and in foreign countries.

There are also three other types of training that may be offered in-country:

  • Practical and applied short-term training related to environmental and occupational health for professionals, technicians and allied health professionals, including worker health and safety representatives, faculty of worker training facilities and other safety health trainers;
  • Advanced research training for selected current and former trainees to enable them to continue this advanced training in their home country and to participate in in-country research projects. While applicants can plan to include such training (estimated to be of about two years duration) as part of competing applications, individual appointments must be approved in advance as a reprogramming request and be under the guidance of the program director and his or her faculty colleagues.
  • Support to enable U.S. faculty to be involved in advanced research and in training activities conducted in-country.


Programmatic Issues

Dr. Christine Jessup
Program Officer
Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, B2C39
31 Center Drive MSC 2220
Bethesda, MD 20892-2220
Phone: (301) 496-1653
Fax: (301) 402-0779

Grants Management

Elizabeth Cleveland
Grants Management Officer
Fogarty International Center
Building 31, Room B2C29
Bethesda, MD 20892-2220
Telephone: (301) 451-6830
Fax: (301) 594-1211


Fogarty developed this program in collaboration with:


Last Updated: 8/15/2012 9:13 AM