Occupational Health at the Human-Animal Interface Scholars Program



Scholarship Opportunity: Graduate Studies in the Occupational Health and Safety of Animal Workers


Animal workers interact with animals in a wide range of settings ranging from veterinary clinics to farms, shelters, research laboratories, zoos, aquaria, markets, meat processing, and wildlife rehabilitation facilities. They face unique and important occupational health issues including exposure to zoonotic infectious diseases, allergens, and injury risks. Despite this, occupational health services to protect workers from such risks are often lacking.

The Occupational Health at the Human-Animal Interface (OHHAI) training program is an innovative program of the University of Washington Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NWCOHS), in collaboration with the UW Center for One Health Research. The two-year OHHAI training program promotes a "One Health" approach to the occupational health and safety of animal workers. Funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is available for a limited number of OHHAI scholarships that include tuition and stipend for graduate study at either the masters or PhD level.

Learn more about what an OHHAI scholar's work looks like here

For more information about the Training Program contact Vickie Ramirez at ramirezv@uw.edu.

For more information about the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences visit the DEOHS Home page.

Applications are due on December 1st for admission the following year. Visit the Application Instructions page for more information.

Please download the required OHHAI Supplemental Application form.