Superfund Research Program
Atlantic Emerging Technologies & Industrial Hygiene Training Center
Project Leader: Elizabeth A. Geltman
Grant Number: R25ES027082
Funding Period: 2016-2020
The project establishes the Atlantic Emerging Technologies & Industrial Hygiene Training Center (Atlantic Training Center) as a multi-lingual training center with extensive online programing. Hunter College School of Urban Public Health (Hunter) and the City University of New York School of Public Health will act as lead institutions in collaboration with the Rutgers School of Public Health (Rutgers) Office of Public Health Practice and the School of Environmental Affairs at Universidad Metropolitana (SEA-UMET) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The collaboration between Hunter, Rutgers, and SEA-UMET to create the Atlantic Emerging Technologies & Industrial Hygiene Training Center is important because it allows expansion and development of Superfund research and education in EPA Region 2, areas with extremely high density of Superfund and Brownfields sites.
The Atlantic Training Center provides graduate level academic training in emerging technologies at Hunter's two masters programs: the ABET accredited graduate program, offering an MS in Industrial Hygiene, and the CEPH accredited graduate program, offering a MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. The Atlantic Training Center also develops industrial hygiene coursework in Environmental Management at SEA-UMET with the goal of seeking accreditation for a new concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from the Puerto Rico Council of Education. In short, the project funds ten graduate students per year at Hunter's campus in New York City and ten graduate students per year at SEA-UMET's campus in San Juan for a total of 100 students over the five years of the project. Regarding the overall program participants, 62% of the trained graduate students are women, and the majority (60% at Hunter and 99% at SEA-UMET) identify as individuals from racial and ethnic groups shown by the NSF as underrepresented in health sciences. Many also come from low-income, disadvantaged backgrounds. The faculty for the program is also diverse regarding gender and ethnicity: the PI for the lead institution is a female and the PI for SEA-UMET is a Hispanic female.
The Atlantic Training Center will offer ten online, multi-lingual continuing education courses for industrial hygienists, environmental consultants, and those working in the field as live 1.5 hour broadcasts from New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico for 100 participants per course per year (for a total of 5000 participants). The continuing education program is producing 50 high quality videos on emerging technology that will be posted on the Internet to be viewed for free at any time.