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Environmental and Occupational Health

Understanding how natural and human-made environments impact human health

New in EOH: APHA Award Goes to GW MPH Environmental Health Science and Policy Student

Climate and Health Graduate Research Assistant Lauren Johnson at The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health was awarded the American Public Health Association Student Assembly 2021 Trong D. Nguyen Memorial Award.
APHA’s Student Assembly recognized Ms. Johnson as a leader who has made a significant contribution to public health by promoting environmental justice.
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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

Doctoral Programs

Meet Our Faculty

George Gray, PhD

Interim Chair

“As the only school of public health in the nation’s capital, our department attracts students who are interested in the intersection of public health and policy,” George Gray, interim director of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, said.“Our top-notch faculty with deep expertise in research, policy and public health ensures that students get the highest quality education.”

George Gray Bio

Our Department's Faculty



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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Student Resources

Department News

Milken Institute School of Public Health Announces New Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

WASHINGTON (Jan. 31, 2023) – Today the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University named Susan Anenberg as the new Chair of the...

George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health Launches New Online MPH Concentration in Climate and Health

WASHINGTON, DC (January 27, 2023) – George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health recently added a brand new Concentration in Climate and...

Study Shows Prevalence of Long COVID in a University Community

WASHINGTON (Jan. 26, 2023) -- A study published today suggests the prevalence of long COVID was 36% among George Washington University students, faculty, staff and other...