Why Study Environmental and Occupational Health?

Environmental and occupational health:

  • Examines health effects of exposure to potentially harmful biological, chemical, and physical environmental agents
  • Estimates risks to the environment and humans based on the presence of these agents and seeks to protect the interests of both
  • Looks at the long-term effects of environmental and occupational health risks

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, environmental science and protection technicians (including health) are:

  • Projected to experience faster than average employment growth (20-28%) over the period 2010–20
  • Projected to see 19,500 job openings over the period 2010-20
  • Considered to work in a green occupation, for which there will be an increased demand for skills in the emerging green economy
Degree Programs
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Master of Public Health in EOH

The MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health program provides an opportunity for students interested in environmental and occupational health to become familiar with the relevant concepts as they apply to public health practice.

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Master of Science in EOH

The emphasis of the MS in environmental and occupational health is directed towards the theoretical underpinnings of environmental health sciences and toxicology with more limited involvement in laboratory-based research.

Our Research

Why EOH Research is Important
  • Analyzes environmental risk factors for acute and chronic disease
  • Identifies and mitigates or eliminates sources of pollutants and hazards that affect the environment and/or public health
  • Collects, analyzes, and reports on environmental data, such as pollution emission; atmospheric, meteorological, and mineralogical information; and soil and water samples
  • Interprets correlations between human activities and environmental effects
  • Communicates environmental and occupational health-related scientific and technical information to the general public, industry, and organizations and provides guidance and oversight to governmental agencies, environmental protection organizations, industry, and the public
  • Reviews and implements formal environmental standards, policies, and regulations
Benefits from EOH Research and Interventions
  • Identifying the actions of toxic agents that contribute to respiratory and cardiovascular disease, aging, and carcinogenesis
  • Studying the impact of low levels of arsenic in drinking water and how it causes blood vessels to change their appearance, the goal of which is to establish new global standards for arsenic in water
  • Evaluating the effect of regulating aflatoxin, the most potent natural liver carcinogen, on liver cancer risk and world food trade
  • Examining the relationship of free radicals to serious and often deadly diseases, including heart disease, cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, and arthritis
  • Exploring gene mutations that may cause poor lung development in children, making them more vulnerable to diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease later in life
  • Forming partnerships with individuals and communities to identify the most pressing environmental problems and empowering people to develop sustainable solutions