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Environmental and Occupational Health

Understanding how natural and human-made environments impact human health

New in EOH: Summertime Environmental and Occupational Health Practice Experiences in Washington, D.C.


Summer is when most Environmental and Occupational Health MPH students apply their academic knowledge in a real-world professional setting to complete their practicum requirement. Our students have an unparalleled range of opportunities, thanks to our location in the nation’s capital and GW’s extensive network of public health organizations throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. For some students, the practice work turns into a long-term job.

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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

EXPLORE EOH

Research


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


EOH Professor Recognized for Reproductive Health Research Achievements

Professor Melissa Perry has brought international attention to how pesticides can impact human sperm, and she often employs EOH students in her laboratory.

New in EOH: Summertime Environmental and Occupational Health Practice Experiences in Washington, D.C.

Summer is when most Environmental and Occupational Health MPH students apply their academic knowledge in a real-world professional setting to complete their practicum...

Post-Seminar Interview: A Plan for Military Wellness Conceived at GW

Army Lieutenant Colonel Victor Suarez’ research identifies ways and means to improve the health and well-being of our troops, reduce costs and increase military readiness.