The Professional School of Occupational Healthcare at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche was created by an agreement by the University of Alicante Junta de Gobierno on September 16, 1988, to become part of the Department of Toxicology and Legal Medicine at the UA’s Faculty of Medicine. It obtained the corresponding accreditation as a professional school by Spain’s National Board of Medical Specialties on October 11, 1988, and it trains medical and surgical graduates in the specialty of occupational healthcare.
Decree 138/97 of April 1, 1997 by the Valencian government reassigned the Professional School of Occupational Healthcare to the Miguel Hernández University, thus making it necessary to be reconsidered as a center belonging to this university, which the UMH Executive Board did on October 4, 2006.
The Professional School of Occupational Healthcare, as a UMH center, was born of the spirit to serve society, and in this sense, its aims include:
- Training medical specialists in occupational healthcare, in addition to teaching, disseminating, and furthering knowledge of this specialty through courses, conferences, talks, seminars, and scientific meetings on subjects and any activity related to this specialty.
- Promoting research in the area of occupational healthcare, assisting in doctoral theses and other research activity in this specialty’s area.
- Proposing agreements, relations, exchanges, and coordination with other centers, institutions, schools, departments, entities, and individuals interested in the school’s academic and social goals.
- Carrying out studies, projects, reports, or any type of scientific or technical work about subjects related to this area of competence and subject to pertinent regulations at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche.