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Environmental and Occupational Health Department

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

Dornsife's 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 (EOH) 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.

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 such as:

  • Environmental determinants of health including as climate change
  • 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.

Environmental and Occupational Health Degrees, Certificates, and Courses

Environmental and Occupational Health Masters and Graduate Degrees

Certificates in Environmental and Occupational Health

Visit the Drexel Catalog for a list of all EOH department graduate courses.

Environmental and Occupational Health Undergraduate Minors

Featured Research in Environmental and Occupational Health

Map from early 1900's of redlining in Philadelphia

Research Finds Associations Between Historical Redlining and Present-Day Heat Vulnerability in Philadelphia

Research led by Leah Schinasi, PhD, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at DSPH, found that historical, institutional racism within the housing market may have impacted present-day disparities in heat vulnerability.

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Combining Workplace Safety and Global Health to Improve Lives

An alum based in the Greater Washington, D.C. area works to improve environmental and occupational health.

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