Environmental and Occupational Health
Environmental and Occupational Health

Environmental and Occupational Health



Making the world a healthier and better place to live.





Climate change. Toxic air. Water pollution. These are just a few of the unprecedented environmental challenges facing humans today. Students in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health learn from and work with renowned faculty members to address those challenges and others like them to create healthier environments and workplaces for all.




Graduate Programs


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EOH offers two MPH programs as well as a doctorate option.

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.



Meet Our Department Chair


Susan Anenberg

Susan Anenberg, PhD

Department Chair

“Our faculty, staff, and students are addressing environmental and occupational issues that are leading public health risk factors in the U.S. and globally, like climate change, pollution, antibiotic resistance and workplace hazards. I’m inspired by their passion and talent, and envision further growing the department’s world class research and engagement with communities and policy processes to advance health, well being and environmental justice locally, nationally and globally.”

Susan Anenberg's Bio

Our Department's Faculty



Student Opportunities


EOH in the US and Abroad

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National & International Opportunities

Each semester, faculty, staff and students from EOH practice what they teach and learn in the classroom with the goal of better health for all.


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In Our Own Community

EOH offers unique opportunities to testify before Congress or work with federal agencies on the most pressing public health problems facing the world.


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Here on Campus

GW is home to a wide range of public health research and practice activities both within EOH and across the university. 



Explore EOH



Opportunities in environmental sustainability, occupational health, risk science, infectious disease and community dimensions.

Practice Experience

Our extensive partner network enables students to work with top Washington, D.C. health organizations as practice settings.

Careers and Alumni

Earning one of our degrees can lead to a wide range of professional opportunities. Click for a sampling and alumni profiles.



New In EOH


Dr. Suril Mehta

White House Assignment for Professorial Lecturer and Alumni

Suril Mehta, DrPH ’20, MPH ‘09, BA ‘07, is one busy public health professional. Since January 2023, Mehta has been on temporary assignment at the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), a component of the Executive Office of the President, serving as Senior Advisor for Chemical Safety. “Among other things, I help advise the chair of CEQ on critical chemical safety issues and policies,” he says. In this work, Mehta has been lending his collective federal government and public health expertise, and his experience addressing the importance of health protection and science-based policy-making.


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Department News


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

January 30, 2023

Today the Milken Institute School of Public Health named Susan Anenberg as the new Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.

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

January 27, 2023

The Milken Institute School of Public Health recently added a new Concentration in Climate and Health to its top ranked online MPH program ([email protected]).