Central Appalachian Regional Education and Resource Center (CARERC)


Workplace injury and illness add substantially to our nation’s healthcare costs and encumber the economic advancement of Central Appalachia, where occupational injury and fatality rates are highest in the predominant industries of mining, transportation, agriculture and forestry. Funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH), the Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center offers research, education, and training opportunities that are designed to help meet urgent regional needs in occupational safety and health.

Interdisciplinary Education and Training

CARERC combines the academic resources of four colleges at the University of Kentucky (UK) and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) to provide a fully equipped and recognized resource for occupational safety and health research and training in Central Appalachia. As a result of this forward-looking partnership between two leading institutions of higher education, we are proud to offer graduate programs and continuing education in

  • Mining Engineering Safety and Health
  • Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing
  • Occupational Epidemiology
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Occupational Safety
  • Agricultural Safety and Health

CARERC serves as a resource for industry, labor, government agencies, and other stakeholders while, at the same time, preparing men and women for rewarding careers in research, education, private sector leadership, and policy development.


The 24th Annual Meeting of the International Society of Exposure Science Annual Meeting will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the historic Netherland Hilton hotel from October 12–16, 2014. For more details see http://www.ises2014.org

CARERC Director Wayne Sanderson, PhD, CIH, delivered the October 10, 2013 keynote presentation at the 14th Annual Pilot Research Project Symposium of the University of Cincinnati Education & Research Center. Topic: “Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis.” CARERC is proud to collaborate with our colleagues at UC on topics of mutual interest and concern.

Upcoming Events

REACTs Training: Radiation Emergency Response - Are You Prepared?
Friday, October 10
UK Chandler Pavilion A Auditorium

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Conference
November 15-19, 2014
New Orleans, LA