Air Pollution Training Institute

Peter A. Scheff, Ph.D., Project Director

The Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division offers a federally sponsored training program in air quality management. The purpose of this training program is to assist state and local air pollution control agencies in the acquisition of professional level skills needed for effective conduct of air pollution abatement programs. This program is carried out by the use of three types of training: conventional academic training, intensive short course instruction, and special seminars and short courses on the USEPA’s Distance Learning Network.

  1. Conventional Academic Training
    The University of Illinois at Chicago offers comprehensive instruction in air pollution control science and related subjects as required for professional training of air pollution abatement practitioners. The purpose of this training is to recruit and train students in the field of air pollution control science who are pursuing work in the state and local governmental sector as air pollution abatement practitioners. Academic training is carried out within the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences program area (EOHS) in the School of Public Health. The program offers academic tracks leading to the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degrees.

  2. Intensive Short Course Instruction
    The University of Illinois at Chicago sponsors the delivery of short courses in coordination with the EPA’s Education and Outreach Group of the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. Faculty for the short courses are drawn from the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences program faculty and advanced graduate students. The specific courses offered each year is based on regional and national needs with special emphasis on laboratory and data analysis courses. Recent short courses taught include Ambient Air Sampling, Control of Particulate Pollutants, Control of Gaseous Pollutants, Air Quality Data Analysis, and Source Sampling for Industrial Pollutants.

  3. Distance Learning Network Operation
    The Air Pollution Distance Learning Network (APDLN) is a digital, state-of-the-art educational satellite broadcasting network of over 100 governmental and university broadcast affiliates located across the United States. Air quality issues are the focus of seminars and technical telecourses delivered to state and local government environmental professionals as well as to those in the private sector, developing and enhancing their knowledge of and skills in air pollution control and environmental programs and policies