Rodney Ehrlich holds joint appointments as Professor in the School of Public and Family Medicine and the Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town (UCT), and is Director of Occupational Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital.
His research interests include occupational and environmental disease; social epidemiology and worker compensation systems. He has held adjunct faculty appointments at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and is currently Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine. He convenes the MPH programme at UCT and is co-editor of a widely used South African textbook on research methods in epidemiology. He has been examining former miners in South Africa for the past 25 years, which has directed his research into the epidemiology of silicosis and tuberculosis and the dysfunctionalities of the South African compensation system for miners and former miners suffering from occupational lung disease.