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Oscar Ernesto Arias

Oscar Ernesto Arias
Academic Administrator


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Environmental Health SciencesAcademic Coordinator
Contact Information

UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
650 Charles E. Young Drive South, 56-071C CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Areas of Interest: 

Job demands in physically demanding jobs

Musculoskeletal disorders

Cardiovascular health

Health promotion and prevention

Drinking water contaminants

Exposure assessment 

Dr. Arias is the Assistant Director of the Southern California NIOSH Education and Research Center at UCLA. He has worked for over a decade as an occupational health physician in the Colombian oil industry where he directed, designed and implemented occupational health programs and developed and implemented surveillance programs for the prevention of tropical diseases, occupational musculoskeletal disorders, noise-induced hearing loss, absenteeism, psychosocial risks, and exposure to organic vapors. He also managed contracts to provide occupational health services to the workers and support the implementation of the occupational health program

ScD, Environmental & Occupational Medicine & Epidemiology Program, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston
MD, Medicine, National University of Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
MSc Health Management, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia
Selected Publications: 

Umukoro PE, Arias OE, Stoffel SD, et al. Physical Activity at Work Contributes Little to Patient Care Workers' Weekly Totals. J Occup Environ Med. 2013.

Arias OE, Caban-Martinez AJ, Umukoro PE, Okechukwu CA, and Dennerlein JT. Physical Activity levels at work and outside of work among Commercial Construction Workers, J Occup Environ Med, June 2014 (accepted for publication).