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Environmental and Occupational Health Department

Environmental and occupational health (EOH) is the study of how the environment and the workplace impact public health.

Drexel University's Dornsife Department of Environmental and Occupational Health trains students in the core disciplines applicable to practice and to do research in the field, including toxicology, exposure science, epidemiology, risk assessment, and policy.

Students explore the multiple ways that chemical, radiological, and biological factors in the community and workplace impact health. The curriculum emphasizes preventive actions focused on creating healthier environments for communities and workers.

Drexel Dornsife’s Environmental and Occupational Health Mission and Vision

Drexel Dornsife’s Environmental and Occupational Health department trains students in the knowledge, skills, and values needed to advance equitable improvements in population health.

Our EOH students develop expertise in urban health, with a central theme of preventive action and through a lens of social justice.

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health enthusiastically supports the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health's Action Plan to Enhance Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Anti-Racism.

Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel Dornsife

  • EOH coursework and real-world, practical experiences focus on concepts and initiatives that decrease the burden of diseases caused by environmental and occupational factors.

  • Our world-class faculty are nationally and internationally known experts who conduct research on the ways that physical, chemical, radiological, and biological factors in the environments in which we live and work affect health, as well as ways to protect the health of communities and workers.

  • Our public health graduates enjoy successful careers in environmental and occupational health organizations, as well as corporate, and policymaking organizations engaged in the field.

What Is Environmental and Occupational Health?

Environmental and Occupational Health scientists focus on assessing and monitoring environmental and occupational exposures and on understanding the consequences for public health issues.

Core areas of study in environmental and occupational health include:

  • Climate change and other environmental determinants of health
  • Exposure to air pollution, pesticides, and other substances
  • Healthier housing
  • Health and injury prevention in the workplace
  • Access to clean water
  • Public health emergencies around the globe

To learn more about our university EOH degrees, request more information to speak with a member of our admissions team today or visit the link below for a full list of available opportunities.

A Word From Our Department Chair

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Jerry Fagliano, PhD, MPH
Department Chair and Clinical Professor

"Through the lens of social justice, EOH students learn how to make housing healthier, to promote health and prevent injuries in the workplace, ensure clean air and water, and to prepare for public health emergencies including those from human-caused climate change."

Read Jerry Fagliano's Welcome Letter and Faculty Bio.


Environmental and Occupational Health Degrees and Courses

Environmental and Occupational Health Master's and Doctoral Programs

Graduate Minors in Environmental and Occupational Health

View all graduate minors offered at the Dornsife School of Public Health.

Visit all EOH department graduate courses in the Drexel Catalog.

Certificates in Environmental and Occupational Health

Environmental and Occupational Health Undergraduate Minors

Featured News in Environmental and Occupational Health

FMC Corp. Partners with Drexel to Bring Safe, Clean Water to Indian Villages

Dornsife researchers measured the health benefits of clean, safe water as part of an interdisciplinary team working to bring potable water to villages in India.

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New Funding to Improve Quality of Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Facilities in Pennsylvania

Funding for Dornsife will enable the development of training programs in infection control and emergency preparedness for staff working at nursing homes and long-term care facilities throughout Pennsylvania.

Future Careers in Infectious Disease

The Future of Careers in Infectious Disease

As the field of infectious disease faces staffing shortages, faculty in the Environmental and Occupational Health Department are training the next generation of infectious disease practitioners.

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Featured EOH Student Story

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Students Highlight Their Research at a Virtual Poster Session

Dornsife hosts a virtual poster session for students to showcase their work.

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A Summer in Africa Leading Outbreak Investigations

An MPH student spends her summer in Lesotho combating a drought induced health crisis.

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