The Centre for Environmental and Occupational Health Research (CEOHR) has been a University recognised research centre / unit since 1994. Between 2001 and 2005 the COEHR was a recognised MRC research entity. In 2005 it became a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health. The Centre has for some years arguably concentrated the most substantial concentration of skills in clinical occupational medicine and occupational epidemiology research in the country.
The Centre is very active in social responsibility activities at many levels and has played an influential role in government, labour, industry and the general community in respect of health advocacy, policy research and development, applied research and consultancy.
The objectives of the CEOHR are:
To be a principal centre of environmental and occupational health research, teaching and training, occupational medical clinical services, policy advisory, technical consultancy services, advocacy and a source of supportive outreach activities in South Africa, in the Southern and Eastern regions of Africa, Africa more generally, and internationally.
To conduct multidisciplinary research, teaching and service provision integrating laboratory, clinical, epidemiological and policy skills in relation to environmental and occupational health problems that have high priority in Southern Africa in order to facilitate identification and improved characterisation of these and other problems and to better understand the determinants of these problems and their solutions.
To explore and develop means of maintaining the health of individuals and the environment, especially in relation to environmental health risks and the work environment, and of preventing the development of health problems in those exposed to injurious environments at work or more generally.
To conduct public policy research into issues ranging from toxic or injurious exposures through to health surveillance, the functioning of relevant health services including promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative/ compensation aspects.
To foster inter-institutional research, teaching and service (including outreach) collaboration and capacity development.
To implement the results of research in teaching, training, policy, service provision and outreach.
School of Public Health and Family Medicine
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town