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Environmental and Occupational Health

Understanding how natural and human-made environments impact human health
Flooding as a result of changing climates impact Thailand.

This Month in EOH: Where Students Learn to Lead and Tackle the Impacts of Climate Change on Health


We believe that climate change is among the world’s most pressing environmental health issues. Our department helps train the next generation of leaders to prepare for impacts including increases in catastrophic storms, air pollution, and heat stress. Climate change has motivated our faculty to publish groundbreaking research and produce award-winning documentary films. Our alumni play key roles at the White House, in federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

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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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Department News


Where Students Learn to Lead and Tackle the Impacts of Climate Change on Health

We believe that climate change is among the world’s most pressing environmental health issues. Our department helps train the next generation of leaders to prepare for...

Class Experiences Lead to On-the-job Expertise for Taylor Katz

“Beyond the classwork and acquiring necessary facts, these professors taught me how to think like a public health professional. “ --- EOH Alumna Taylor Katz

Dean Lynn Goldman Receives Environmental Award at the APHA Annual Meeting

The award is given by the APHA Environmental Section at the annual meeting to recognize an environmental health expert for significant contributions to the field.