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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: Quantifying Air Pollution’s Worldwide Toll on Asthma Sufferers


We now know that 9-33 million visits to the emergency room for asthma worldwide may be triggered by breathing in air pollution, thanks to attention getting research published by Professor Susan Anenberg and an EOH DrPH student. The innovative project used satellite data to assess air pollution levels in parts of the world where ambient measurements have not been available.
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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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Our Department's Faculty

Student Resources


Department News


Environmental and Occupational Health Students and Staff Members Present a Wide Spectrum of Research Topics

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health is always well-represented at GW’s Health and Medicine Research Day.

Research Day 2019 Award Winners

Congratulations to all GWSPH students who participated in GW's 2019 Research Day! This year's GWSPH award winners include: Judges Choice Marvin Center Poster Award (For...

New Study Finds Millions of Children Worldwide Develop Asthma Each Year Due to Traffic-Related Air Pollution

The study is the first to quantify the worldwide burden of new pediatric asthma cases linked to traffic-related nitrogen dioxide.