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Environmental and Occupational Health

The 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.

  • Environmental and Occupational Health students develop expertise in urban health, with a central theme of preventive action. Coursework and real-world, practical experiences focus on concepts and initiatives that decrease the burden of diseases caused by environmental and occupational factors.

  • Our 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 effect health, as well as ways to protect the health of communities and workers.

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

Latest Research

EMS equipment

Assaults to EMS First Responders are Felonies in Pennsylvania, So Why Do Many Victims Feel They Do Not Receive Justice?

Senior author Jennifer Taylor, PhD, MPH, CPPS, an associate professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Dornsife School of Public Health, led a study of victim cases and interviews with district attorneys in Philadelphia. It offers three solutions to help educate first responders and legal professionals to participate constructively in the legal system intended to prevent incidents from occurring and deliver justice.

Student in Africa standing by community well with young students

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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