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Environmental and Occupational Health

The mission of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) is to conduct research on the prevention of adverse health effects of environmental and occupational exposures, serve communities and workers through actions to promote healthful environmental conditions, and train students to become effective leaders in the field. These activities are carried out in the context of the school’s focus on communities, urban health, social justice, and human rights. A central theme of EOH is preventive action, focusing on initiatives that decrease the burden of diseases caused by environmental and occupational factors and improve the health and well-being of the population.

The Department’s faculty conducts research on the effects on human health of physical, chemical, radiological, and biological factors in the environments in which we live and work, and ways to protect and promote the health of communities and workers. EOH faculty work to improve the health of populations in the greater Philadelphia region, and travel extensively to help train environmental health officials and agencies to better improve lives on a national and global scale.


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