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Environmental and Occupational Health

Understanding how natural and human-made environments impact human health
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This Month in EOH: Learning to Improve Future Health

Like the world we live in, the study of environmental and occupational health becomes more interesting and complex every day.  And the students and faculty of our department respond to the challenges with inquisitiveness and problem-solving skills that can truly make a difference, often in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable citizens, children. 

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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

Analysis Identifies Gaps in Neonicotinoid Pesticide Research

EOH Professor's systematic review of the human health effects from exposure to the widely used pesticides reveals the need for much more research.

Nationally Known Experts and Staff Speak on Children’s Environmental Health at GW

The event featured the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, as well as EOH Professors Dean Lynn Goldman and Ami Zota.

Cindy Liu Receives the 2016 American Society for Microbiology ICAAC Young Investigator Award

The ICAAC Young Investigator Award recognizes early career scientists for research excellence and potential in microbiology and infectious disease.