Environmental and Occupational Health
environmental and occupational health

Environmental and Occupational Health //

Who's Making Sure
Our Environment
Isn't Making Us Sick?
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Our Faculty

Meet the faculty who will teach and mentor you, and learn about the innovative research projects they're directing.
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Read about what our graduates are doing in the environmental and occupational health field.
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Environmental and Occupational Health

The Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) Department has a sound reputation as a leader in training students to:
  • Identify agents that affect health
  • Study the long-term effects of environmental and occupational health risks
  • Determine the molecular mechanisms of toxic agents that contribute to the development of certain illnesses and diseases.
Environmental health specialists help find ways to promote healthier environments and minimize risks that increase the incidence of respiratory, cardiovascular, and musculoskeletal diseases, asthma, lower respiratory infections, road traffic injuries, poisonings, and drownings.
Occupational health specialists study all aspects of health and safety in the workplace. From exposure to toxins on the job, to workplace violence and lifting injuries, occupational hazards create an enormous health burden, unnecessary pain and suffering, and economic loss in the workplace.

Find a research program for your interests

Many EOH faculty members collaborate with basic sciences and clinical investigators throughout other departments at Pitt Public Health, and the University of Pittsburgh schools of medicine and engineering. Students and faculty perform studies on the principles and practice of environmental health ranging from basic research at the cellular and molecular level to applied translational studies of human disease, population exposure, and public health studies.

In addition, faculty and students work with local governmental organizations, such as the Allegheny County Health Department, the Pittsburgh Office of the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority to study and improve the environmental health of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Pursue a career in environmental and occupational health

Doctoral degree graduates are prepared to work in laboratory-based academic settings as faculty or postdoctoral fellows and become prominent members of government agencies and independent industries. Recent graduates have obtained fellowships at top-tier academic institutions, positions with
the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, and in firms conducting chemical and environmental risk assessment.

Master's degree graduates play prominent roles as environmental/occupational health practitioners in various settings, including industry, hospitals, government agencies, and private practice.


The EOH Department offers two degrees in the environmental health sciences, providing a broad theoretical and practical education for positions in academia, industry, or government. The multiple tracks provide flexibility in acquiring advance training in toxicology, environmental biophysics, molecular and cellular pathobiology, risk assessment, and exposure science.

Our professional degree program allows students to earn concentrations in environmental health or risk assessment and apply these concepts to public health practice.

Our doctorate-level professional degree program in environmental health sciences provides education for those who aspire to high-level administration or decision-making leadership positions.

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EOH Journal Club Seminar

9/4/2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Introduction to Pitt Public Health Career Services

9/4/2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Startup Smash!

9/4/2014 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Introduction to Pitt Public Health Career Services

9/9/2014 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Public Health Dynamics Laboratory Seminar

9/9/2014 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Maternal & Child Health Journal Club

9/10/2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Presidential Management Fellowship Program

9/10/2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Association of Women in Public Health First Meeting

9/10/2014 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Global Health Films Series: Happy

9/11/2014 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

EOH Journal Club Seminar

9/11/2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Epidemiology Seminar

9/11/2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

SPHERE Monthly Meeting

9/11/2014 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Welcome Back with DSO

9/11/2014 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

CIDDE's BlackBoard Day at Pitt

9/12/2014 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Center for Health Equity Journal Club Meeting

9/12/2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

EOH Journal Club Seminar

9/18/2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Epidemiology Seminar

9/18/2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Food For Thought: Public Health Lecture Series

9/18/2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Biostatistics Seminar

9/18/2014 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Health Sciences Alumni Westmoreland Regional Event

9/18/2014 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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PHFARO Meet and Greet

9/19/2014 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pitt Career Fair

9/24/2014 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Faculty Development Workshop

9/24/2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Building and Renovation Town Hall Meeting

9/24/2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

EOH Journal Club Seminar

9/25/2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Epidemiology Seminar

9/25/2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Biostatistics Seminar

9/25/2014 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

GHSA & MSO Trip to Carnegie RACE Exhibit

9/27/2014 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Epidemiology Seminar

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San Francisco Alumni and Friends Reception

10/9/2014 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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