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.

 

Hill, Fabisiak talk to KDKA radio about asthma and the Clairton Coke Works

KDKA RADIO – The Clairton Cok...
Hill, Fabisiak talk to KDKA radio about asthma and the Clairton Coke Works

KDKA RADIO – The Clairton Coke Works is one of the biggest emitters of air pollutants in the area and there is a lot of anecdotal evidence about poor health in that area. EOH’s Jim Fabisiak and Brandy Hill (EOH ‘21) talk about their work and the importance of scientific investigation learning about... (07/03/2019)

Hill on asthma, how residents grapple with life in the shadows of U.S. Steel's Clairton Plant

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW - A...
Hill on asthma, how residents grapple with life in the shadows of U.S. Steel's Clairton Plant

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW - A study of asthma patients found those living within 10 miles of the plant also reported experiencing more frequent attacks in the weeks immediately following the fire, along with the need to increase medication use, like an inhaler, said Brandy Hill (EOH '21).  (06/24/2019)

Fabisiak comments on Clairton air quality, an ongoing concern

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW - A...
Fabisiak comments on Clairton air quality, an ongoing concern

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW - A fire at the U.S. Steel Clairton Plant knocked pollution controls offline and heightened concerns about pollution. Allegheny County ranks in the top 2% for cancer risk from about 200 potentially cancer-causing pollutants identified by the EPA, according to a 2013 Pitt P... (06/24/2019)

Goldstein among experts wary of EPA rush to revise carcinogen testing

SCIENCE - The EPA plans to qu...
Goldstein among experts wary of EPA rush to revise carcinogen testing

SCIENCE - The EPA plans to quickly revap its guidelines for evaluating whether environmental contaminants can cause cancer or other ailments, a move Trump administration critics fear is part of a broader effort to weaken the basis for regulating a wide range of pollutants. "The problem is, there's ... (06/04/2019)

Beyond Clairton: Are we ready to really improve Pittsburgh's air? Wenzel comments.

NEXT PITTSBURGH - While U.S. ...
Beyond Clairton: Are we ready to really improve Pittsburgh's air? Wenzel comments.

NEXT PITTSBURGH - While U.S. Steel has recently completed repairs and pledged to spend $1 billion to upgrade facilities, public outrage over violations hasn't been quieted. "I think the economic factors have outweighed the health factors," says EOH's Sally Wenzel. "I think that has been an issue wi... (05/15/2019)

 

Mon
7/15
EOH Dissertation Defense
Rahel Birru - Phloretin, an apple polyphenol, modulates the pathogenicity of chronic obstructive..." EOH Dissertation Defense
Rahel Birru - Phloretin, an apple polyphenol, modulates the pathogenicity of chronic obstructive..."
Mon 7/15 12:30PM - 1:30PM
1149 Public Health, Foster Conference Room

Thu
7/18
EOH Dissertation Defense
Chia-Hsin Liu - The role of chronic inflammation in lung tumorigenesis and the potential biomarkers EOH Dissertation Defense
Chia-Hsin Liu - The role of chronic inflammation in lung tumorigenesis and the potential biomarkers
Thu 7/18 1:00PM - 3:00PM
4140 Public Health, Young Seminar Room