The Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC) exists to train professionals who are equipped to identify and help resolve threats to our nation’s workforce and reduce the high costs of work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths (

ERC Graduates Devon Collins and Jennifer Walch, pictured at the 2016 American Public Health Association (APHA) conference.

Our students well represent the ethnic and cultural diversity of the five states within our Central Appalachian region (Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia), as well as the varied talents and skills desired by regional employers.

CARERC scholarships are available for master’s and doctoral students in:

  • Mining Safety & Health (MS, PhD)

  • Occupational Epidemiology (MPH, DrPH)

  • Occupational/Environmental Health Nursing (PhD)

  • Occupational Safety (MS)

  • Agricultural Safety & Health (i.e., production agriculture, forestry, commercial fishing and aquaculture) (MPH)

CARERC trainees visited the River View underground coal mine with Director Dr. Wayne Sanderson, spring 2017

Full-time students are eligible for tuition, stipends, and support for research-related travel and professional and scientific conferences. Part-time students can receive tuition and research-travel support.

CARERC courses are offered on the campuses of both the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University.

Field seminars, site surveys, and research symposia are offered throughout the Central Appalachian region: e.g., mines, manufacturing facilities, and other work sites throughout eastern Kentucky, western North Carolina, east Tennessee, West Virginia, and southwestern Virginia.


Students at UK and EKU may enroll through their respective institutions

UK College of Public Health - Admissions
EKU College of Safety, Security & Emergency Management