Because of the low diagnostic rate of occupational and environmental diseases, the Department of Health of the Executive Yuan decided to establish OEM (Occupational and Environmental Medicine) as a specialty in medicine and encourage medical centers to set up such a department.
The National Taiwan University College of Medicine (NTUMC) had the first occupational physician certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in 1982. Since then, there have been 18 different kinds of occupational diseases documented in collaboration with other departments of the NTUMC, the NTU Hospital and other hospitals in Taiwan. Because Taiwan entered into WTO (World Trade Organization) in 2002, there is an urgent need to provide qualified physicians to promote occupational and environmental health inside industries. Moreover, the passing of ISO14000 (International standard organization for quality certification) in 1996 also produced a need for industry to implement environmental management voluntarily, while the passing of ILO/OSH 2001(International Labor organization/ occupational safety and health management system) gave industry additional pressure to implement occupational health services for its factories both inside and outside of this country.
The primary educational goal of this department is to educate and train OEM physicians for Asia and provide basic OEM education for medical students in the NTUMC.
The research priority will be focused on environmental and occupational epidemiology, gene-environment interaction, health risk assessment technology, biomarker, ecological medicine, cost-effectiveness assessment, and occupational and environmental health services. The faculty members collaborate closely with the NTU Hospital and the College of Public Health in research and teaching activities. Faculty of this division will be jointly appointed in the Institute of Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene to conduct research, education, and training.
Section Head/ Professor
MD, PhD., John Hopkins Univ. USA
Sc.D., Harvard University, U.S.A
M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., NTU
M.D., Ph.D., University of Tokyo
Sc.D., Harvard University
A course equivalent to 2 credit hours will be established for the 3rd year medical student. In addition, a curriculum of OEM will be set up which includes occupational and environmental hygiene, epidemiology, risk assessment, biomarker, biostatistics, etc., to fulfill the one year requirement of the OEM specialty board.