Environmental and Occupational Health

Create healthy and safe ways to live and work

How can we improve the quality of life in a given environment?

Whether we’re at work, home or outdoors, our environment plays a big role in our health.

If you’re the type of person who wants to improve environments, a career in occupational and environmental health might be your calling.

There are countless Americans living and working in environments containing physical, chemical and workplace hazards that can make them sick.

Environmental and occupational health professionals help identify hazards, study potential adverse effects and discover new ways to promote a safer environment. That’s where you come in to help improve health and well-being.

From looking at the effects of air pollution on overall health to creating innovative solutions to help reduce whole body vibrations in heavy machinery drivers, our researchers and graduate students make a difference.

In this program, you will gain the knowledge and real-world experience needed to succeed in this field. You will be immersed in the discipline and have the opportunity to solve problems of individuals, communities, industries and regulatory agencies.

You choose a specialized course of study based on your interests and career aspirations. Our program’s specialty areas are ergonomics, occupational health and safety, environmental health, environmental epidemiology, and disaster response and management.

Our graduates go on to work in various roles, including workplace safety managers, loss control consultants for workers’ compensation insurance, environmental epidemiologists and environmental health specialists. They work in a variety of settings around the world — from private industries in Oregon to rural health care clinics in Bangladesh.