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Environmental and Occupational Health

Understanding how natural and human-made environments impact human health
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New in EOH: The Wide Range of Public Health Opportunities in Washington, D.C.

Our students work with and learn from faculty who have played key roles in federal government, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and some continue to serve as regulatory advisors. Students also have many opportunities in international public health and are just minutes away from a wealth of options for experiencing our national government in action—and sometimes history in the making.

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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

Students Visit White House Office with Professor to Discuss Occupational Health Issue

Two MPH students accompanied Professor David Michaels as part of a delegation discussing proposed changes to a standard.

Roslyn M. Brock Gives Inspirational Address at School’s 2017 Commencement

On Thursday May 18, 2017, Milken Institute School of Public Health (SPH) recognized nearly 750 graduates with a celebration held in the Charles E. Smith Center on the...

Post-Seminar Interview: Why Do Black Women Have a Higher Risk of Uterine Fibroids?

Professor Ami Zota discusses why higher exposure to some environmental chemicals may increase black women’s risk of uterine fibroids.