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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.

Degrees

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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5/1
EOH Seminar Series
Using Translational Science to Understand the Role of the Epigenome in Metals-Induced Toxicity EOH Seminar Series
Using Translational Science to Understand the Role of the Epigenome in Metals-Induced Toxicity
Mon 5/1 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Bridgeside Point - 540

Thu
5/4
EOH Seminar Series
Activity and asthma in the urban environ : Does air pollution offset the respir benefit of exercise? EOH Seminar Series
Activity and asthma in the urban environ : Does air pollution offset the respir benefit of exercise?
Thu 5/4 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Bridgeside Point - 540

 

Beaver County residents learn how Shell's ethane cracker may affect air quality

BEAVER COUNTY TIMES - On the h...
Beaver County residents learn how Shell's ethane cracker may affect air quality

BEAVER COUNTY TIMES - On the heels of a report released last week that again ranked western PA's air as some of the worst in the country, EOH's JAMES BAFISIAK spoke to a crowd of about 50 Beaver County residents on Monday night. We're committed to sharing our scientific expertise with neighbors conc... (04/25/2017)

The Environmentalist Papers make the case for conservation in this age

FAST COMPANY - There are massi...
The Environmentalist Papers make the case for conservation in this age

FAST COMPANY - There are massive economic benefits in our environmental regulations. A paper by EOH's BERNARD GOLDSTEIN and team members from across the country explores the science of environmental protection, noting that the 1963 Clean Air Act has cut key air pollutants by 70%, even as the U.S. po... (04/21/2017)

EOH's Fabisiak interviewed on the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report

KDKA - Radio afternoon news ho...
EOH's Fabisiak interviewed on the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report

KDKA - Radio afternoon news host Robert Mangino interviewed EOH's JIM FANISIAK about the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report. Even though our Pittsburgh air seems clear, there's a lot more we can do to clear up some of the worst air quality in the country. (04/19/2017)

When coal replaces a cleaner energy source, health is on the line, says Goldstein

SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE & THE PUBL...
When coal replaces a cleaner energy source, health is on the line, says Goldstein

SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE & THE PUBLIC - The TVA case study fits with many other examples of how coal pollution can harm health, says EOH's BERNARD GOLDSTEIN. “We should get rid of particulates, and coal contributes to that.... If the president gets his way, this would slow [coal’s descent] down,” says Go... (04/04/2017)

Jennifer Silva, Expert on challenges of coal country to lecture at Pitt Public Health

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - On...
Jennifer Silva, Expert on challenges of coal country to lecture at Pitt Public Health

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - On Tuesday, Jennifer Silva, an assistant professor of sociology at Bucknell University, will share her research tales at Pitt Public Health's “One Book, One Community” lecture. Among the questions Silva is trying to answer in her research: What happens when people feel le... (04/03/2017)
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