Student Resources

Students at a group lecture

Student Handbook

The Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health’s OEH student handbook provides in-depth information about topics such as degree programs and requirements, course lists, important policies and standards, and expectations for students.

The handbook is updated annually, and we encourage students to consult it frequently, as its contents are important and it contains answers to many commonly asked questions.

Download the Student Handbook

Writing Papers

RMCOEH emphasizes writing skills, as at least three divergent skills are vital for health and safety professionals: 1) the ability to clearly explain nuanced and complicated topics in an understandable way for scientific audiences, 2) succinct presentations backed by quality evidence to senior management, and 3) simple and memorable communications for frontline workers and staff to optimally prevent injuries and illnesses.

Fortunately, students can take advantage of a number of resources that will help them overcome writer’s block or add an extra layer of polish to their thesis or dissertation.

All students can utilize RMCOEH Senior Technical Writer Bubba Brown (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). He is available to edit students’ writing, refine papers, and offer tips and guidance. His role is not to write papers for students but rather help them develop skills that will serve them throughout their careers regardless of their professional aspirations. He also periodically offers writing lectures or boot camp-style events for students interested in furthering their abilities.

Students enrolled in the University of Utah additionally have access to:

While most RMCOEH students opt for the publishable paper option instead of a thesis, The University of Utah Graduate School also provides a handbook that includes detailed information about the thesis and dissertation process, such as formatting and style requirements, policies, submission procedures, and examples.

In addition to RMCOEH resources, students enrolled in Weber State University have access to:

Journal Club

Journal Club is a valuable part of the educational experience for RMCOEH trainees. It involves students, faculty, and staff gathering to discuss peer-reviewed articles related to occupational and environmental health and safety, with the aim of improving trainees' critical-thinking skills, ability to evaluate research, oral presentation skills, and breadth of knowledge regarding the published literature. 

Journal Club is held at the RMCOEH headquarters and includes three formats: 1) "traditional" Journal Club held weekly during the fall and spring semesters, 2) "flash" Journal Club held periodically, and 3) "clinical" Journal Club focused on research more specific to occupational medicine.  

All RMCOEH-funded trainees must meet certain Journal Club requirements, including:

  • Attend 70% or more of the traditional, weekly Journal Clubs throughout the academic year either in person or via Zoom (camera must be on to receive credit for online attendance). Trainees may make up attendance within one week of a missed Journal Club by watching a recording of the session and submitting a written report (see FAQ below for more information). 
  • Present once in traditional Journal Club during the academic year. 
  • Present once in flash Journal Club during the academic year.
  • Actively participate in Journal Club discussions.

Residents in the Occupational Medicine program must also present in the clinical Journal Club (details forthcoming). Trainees in the other programs will not present in these sessions but are welcome, and encouraged, to attend. 

Journal Club Frequently Asked Questions

Poster and PowerPoint Templates

RMCOEH provides a template for poster presentations and PowerPoint presentations that students are encouraged to use. Students are free to tweak the template as needed.

Download the RMCOEH PowerPoint poster templates:
Light Theme
Dark Theme

Student Clubs

Participating in student clubs is one way trainees can get the most out of their time at RMCOEH. It provides students with a network of peers and professionals, access to lectures and other educational events, and a platform to connect with others who are pursuing a similar career path.

  • Utah Rocky Mountain Center Industrial Hygiene Student Association: Affiliated with the regional American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the Utah Rocky Mountain Center Industrial Hygiene Student Association, also known as the AIHA Student Club, is a student-sponsored organization open to any currently enrolled student or employee through the University of Utah.
  • American Society of Safety Professionals at the University of Utah: Affiliated with RMCOEH, the University of Utah Mechanical Engineering department (MEEN), and the national American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the American Society of Safety Professionals at the University of Utah Club, which is also known as the ASSP Student Club, is a registered student organization and is open to students who are mentees through MEEN or the RMCOEH mentoring program.
  • Occupational Injury Student Group: Affiliated with the Utah Rocky Mountain Center, the Occupational Injury Student Group is a student-sponsored organization. The aim of the organization is to increase awareness of the field to other graduate and undergraduate students, promote the work of students through conferences and other opportunities, and provide resources for students within the program.

Receive the Latest News