Welcome to the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University!
The EOH department examines environmental and occupational risks across the population and the impact of unequal exposures on health. Our students study these risks in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and the places in which we live, work, learn, and play.
The EOH degree programs train students in the knowledge, skills, and values needed to contribute meaningfully to the public health workforce. Students focus on core science disciplines--epidemiology, toxicology, exposure assessment, and risk analysis—as well as policy development and risk communication. Through the lens of social justice, students will learn how to make housing healthier, to promote health and prevent injuries in the workplace, to enhance access to clean water, and to prepare for public health emergencies around the globe. Students work alongside our faculty to investigate and act on long-standing or emerging environmental and occupational health threats, working in partnerships to develop policies to prevent or reduce harm. Graduates of our programs are well prepared to assume leadership roles in government, non-profits, businesses, education, and hospitals.
EOH is the home of two notable research centers: The Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST) and The Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication (CPHRC). The FIRST center is developing a national system to assess the scope of firefighter injuries, and conducting research on how these injuries can be prevented. The FIRST center sponsors the innovative Fire Fellows program, which brings together students from multiple disciplines for training in teamwork and problem-solving. THE CPHRC works to enhance community resilience and the ability of health professionals to respond to disasters and other public health emergencies.
I invite you to explore our degree and programs pages to learn more about our faculty, course offerings, and research and practice opportunities. We hope that you will join us in our work to advance equitable improvements in population health.
Jerry Fagliano, MPH, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor and Chair
Environmental and Occupational Health