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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

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Heavy Spring Rainfall is Followed by Spikes in Gastrointestinal Illness in Philadelphia

Heavy spring rainfall in Philadelphia may lead to twice the rate of acute gastrointestinal illness (AGI), such as diarrhea or vomiting, throughout the city, reports a three-year study recently published in PLOS One.

Researchers from Dornsife's Environmental and Occupational Health department
include lead author Anneclaire De Roos, PhD, associate professor, and senior author Jerry Fagliano, PhD, associate clinical professor and chair.

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Supporting and Uplifting LGBTQ Youth

MPH alumni launch a nonprofit serving the LGBTQ community.

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