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Environmental and Occupational Health

Understanding how natural and human-made environments impact human health
Aedes aegypti mosquito

This Month in EOH: Investigating How Microbes Impact Our Health

The Zika virus is raising concern among people throughout the world. To help quell fears and stop the virus, faculty and students’ efforts include timely research on how to control Zika’s spread and the creation of videos in three languages with information about transmission and prevention. EOH faculty and students develop and use many strategies to combat Zika and other microbes that impact human health.

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What is Environmental and Occupational Health?

Environmental and occupational health looks at how environmental and occupational exposures impact human health. It explores the underlying science and policy for issues such as sustainable cities and food systems, climate change mitigation, workplace safety and risk management. Students learn from and work with our faculty on conducting cutting-edge research that is helping to dictate environmental and occupational health policy. Our faculty have been called upon by Congress to offer their expertise in areas like antibiotic resistance, climate change, occupational safety and environmental exposures, influencing critical regulations and legislation like the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Program Offerings

Graduate Programs

Offering students the option of two MPH programs and a doctorate option as well.

Whether you are interested in Global Environmental Health or our Environmental Health Science and Policy program, your MPH experience will be enhanced by the proximity to agencies and organization leading the charge here in Washington, DC. And if you're interested in earning a doctorate, the DrPH in Environmental and Occupational Health is perfect for you.

MPH Programs

DrPH Program



Opportunities in environmental sustainability, occupational health, risk science, infectious disease and community dimensions.

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Practice Experience

Our extensive partner network enables students to work with top Washington, D.C. health organizations as practice settings.

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Careers and Alumni

Earning one of our degrees can lead to a wide range of professional opportunities. Click for a sampling and alumni profiles.

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Meet our Faculty

Peter LaPuma, PhD, PE, CIH

Associate Professor

Sustainable energy and sustainable living have long been areas of academic and personal interest for Professor LaPuma. In his Faculty Spotlight, Dr. LaPuma discusses his experience in the Air Force, the immediate impact of climate change and something called "Solar Cement."

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Our Department's Faculty

Student Resources

Department News

Urgent Care Association of America and the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center Form Partnership to Address Antibiotic Use in Rapidly Growing Urgent Care Sector

The partnership aims to make the urgent care industry a leader in antibiotic stewardship by reducing inappropriate antibiotic use in this outpatient setting.

Superbug MRSA May Be Spreading Through Contaminated Poultry

Study suggests people in urban areas with no exposure to livestock are becoming infected with poultry-associated MRSA via meat.

GW Faculty Participate in National Academy of Medicine’s Vital Directions for Health and Health Care Initiative

Four GW faculty members participated in the Vital Directions project, which is compiling expert information to inform the debate about U.S. health reform.