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Environmental and Occupational Health

Understanding how natural and human-made environments impact human health

Identifying Environmental Exposures and Putting Them Into Perspective

Modern life is filled with health risks, some rare and unusual and some as commonplace as fast food wrappers. The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health reveals threats, and solutions, through groundbreaking research. Collaborative research paired with engaging instruction allows our students to recognize, understand, and make plans to mitigate all manner of environmental exposures. Policymakers and the news media also appreciate an ability to make complex topics easy to understand; they regularly call upon EOH faculty for briefings and comments.

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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

Amanda Northcross, PhD

Assistant Professor

Get to know Amanda Northcross as she discusses her path to public health by way of engineering, her crafty side making environmentally friendly body products and how her research impacts international populations as well as those here in the District of Columbia.

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Our Department's Faculty

Student Resources

Department News

Practicum Studying Impact of Cookstoves in Mozambique Leads to Publication

Ans Irfan’s work aims to inform policies about household air pollution in Mozambique, where 95% of households burn solid fuels for cooking.

EOH Professor David Michaels Briefs Congress on New Silica Dust Rule

The rule was finalized during the period when Michaels led the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

I Heart GW Public Health - Campaign for Student Support

The Public Health Student Association and the Office of Alumni Engagement will partner again this year for the second annual “I GW Public Health” campaign to raise...