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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.

 

Kagan, Wenzel, Bayir partner to better understand cell death and ferroptosis

PITT MED - Cells die—that’s j...
Kagan, Wenzel, Bayir partner to better understand cell death and ferroptosis

PITT MED - Cells die—that’s just part of life. But there’s always a reason. Pitt scientists are figuring out how to keep programmed cell death in check. EOH's VALERIAN KAGAN and SALLY WENZEL and other colleagues including EOH's HULYA BAYIR, are partnering to better understand “the reason” for ferro... (10/09/2018)

Goldstein profiled in Risk Analysis

RISK ANALYSIS - Before joinin...
Goldstein profiled in Risk Analysis

RISK ANALYSIS - Before joining Pitt Public Health in 2001, BERNARD GOLDSTEIN, EOH professor and former dean, obtained his medical degree from NYU. In 1980, he was recruited by Rutgers Medical School to help with the increase in public and political concerns about environmental pollution. Later, he ... (10/01/2018)

Sally Wenzel receives 2018 Trailblazer award from Carnegie Science Center

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - The...
Sally Wenzel receives 2018 Trailblazer award from Carnegie Science Center

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - The Carnege Science Center held their Ladies Hospital Aid Society Gala last week. EOH chair SALLY WENZEL and 5 other doctors were honored with the 2018 Trailblazer award for advancing the cause of medicine in their fields. Each of them were surprised with $20,000 to help f... (09/18/2018)

Does formaldehyde cause leukemia? Goldstein speaks on a report linking the two

PBS - After controlling for c...
Does formaldehyde cause leukemia? Goldstein speaks on a report linking the two

PBS - After controlling for certain lifestyle factors, a 2010 investigation found that workers exposed to 0.6 to 2.5 parts per million of formaldehyde had fewer red and white blood cells and a higher prevalence of DNA mutations in the blood stem cells. BERNARD GOLDSTEIN, EOH professor said the muta... (08/29/2018)

Indiana steel mill emits 18,000 pounds of lead a year, Fabisiak comments

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - The Arcelor...
Indiana steel mill emits 18,000 pounds of lead a year, Fabisiak comments

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - The ArcelorMittal steel mill at the Port of Indiana in Burns Harbor emitted 173,000 pounds of benzene during 2016, making it the nation’s largest industrial source of a volatile chemical known to cause leukemia. More could be on the way but regulators can't explain where the steel... (08/03/2018)

 

Fri
11/16
EOH Seminar Series
Vaping: Perspectives Of An Inhal Toxicologist, Also A Mother Of Teens - Ilona Jaspers - Univ NC EOH Seminar Series
Vaping: Perspectives Of An Inhal Toxicologist, Also A Mother Of Teens - Ilona Jaspers - Univ NC
Fri 11/16 1:00PM - 2:00PM
A719 Public Health

Thu
11/29
EOH Journal Club
Evaluation of Prenatal Exposure to Bisphenol Analogues on Development and Long-Term Health EOH Journal Club
Evaluation of Prenatal Exposure to Bisphenol Analogues on Development and Long-Term Health
Thu 11/29 11:00AM - 12:00PM
4140 Public Health, Young Seminar Room

Yi (Emma) Lu will present on Evaluation of Prenatal Exposure to Bisphenol Analogues on Development and Long-Term Health of the Mammary Gland in Female Mice by Deirdre K. Tucker, Schantel Hayes Bouknight, Sukhdev S. Brar, Grace E. Kissling, and Suzanne E. Fenton

This study aimed to determine whether early-life exposure to BPA and its related analogues, bisphenol AF (BPAF) and bisphenol S(BPS), could affect female pubertal mammary gland development and long-term mammary health in mice.
Thu
12/6
EOH Journal Club
A three-generation study on the association of tobacco smoking with asthma EOH Journal Club
A three-generation study on the association of tobacco smoking with asthma
Thu 12/6 11:00AM - 12:00PM
4140 Public Health, Young Seminar Room

Fan Wu will present on A three-generation study on the association of tobacco smoking with asthma by Simone Accordini, Lucia Calciano, Ane Johannessen, Laura Portas,...,Joost Weyler,Deborah Jarvis and Cecilie Svanes; on behalf of the Ageing Lungs in European Cohorts (ALEC) Study

Mothers’ smoking during pregnancy increases asthma risk in their offspring. There is some evidence that grandmothers’ smoking may have a similar effect, and biological plausibility that fathers’ smoking during adolescence may influence offspring’s health through transmittable epigenetic changes in sperm precursor cells. We evaluated the three-generation associations of tobacco smoking with asthma
Fri
12/7
EOH Seminar Series
Grills and grilles: cooking & traffic as drivers of spatial variations in expos to partic matter EOH Seminar Series
Grills and grilles: cooking & traffic as drivers of spatial variations in expos to partic matter
Fri 12/7 1:00PM - 2:00PM
A719 Public Health

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