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Publish Date: 03/02/99
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Cincinnati Students and Professors Share Teaching Experiences with India

Cincinnati—Two doctoral students from the University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Environmental Health have spent the last two weeks visiting with the Masters in Industrial Hygiene (MIH) program at the Birla Vishvakarma Mahavidyalaya Engineering College of the Sadar Patel University in Gujarat, India. UC students Laurel Kincl and Faye Grimsley shared their teaching experiences with the staff at Sadar Patel University. The MIH program is the first one in India. The field of industrial hygiene deals with the health and safety of people in the workplace, regardless of the size of the particular workplace, and it is a vital part of the public health field.

Maharshi Mehta, a 1984 graduate of the UC Environmental and Industrial Hygiene program in the Department of Environmental Health, is the leader of the Indian MIH program and has worked with several UC faculty members to help initiate this information exchange program. Last December, Scott Clark, PhD, director, Environmental and Industrial Hygiene, and Carol Rice, PhD, deputy director, completed a trip to India to pave the way for future collaborations and student trips. Clark is a professor of environmental health, and Rice is an associate professor of environmental health at the UC College of Medicine.

UC will host several students and faculty from the MIH program before and after the American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition in Toronto on June 5-11, 1999. A program for the UC community is also being planned. "We will continue to work toward developing cross-global training and learning through faculty and student links with the MIH in Villabh Vidyanagar, India," says Clark.

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