PhD

The PhD in environmental and occupational health provides a broad theoretical and practical education for individuals who desire positions in academic, industrial, or government laboratories in the multifaceted discipline of environmental health sciences. The program combines training in classical toxicological and environmental biophysics with the new and continually developing fields of cellular and molecular pathobiology of environmental disease. Training is geared toward an understanding of how relevant environmental exposures, laboratory based model systems, and gene-environment responses can be interpreted and applied to the study of disease etiology in exposed and potentially exposed human populations.

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Competencies

Graduates will be able to...

  • Acquire a basic theoretical background in cellular, molecular, and genetic etiology of environmental disease and disease susceptibility
  • Explain the direct and indirect human, ecological, and safety effects of major environmental and occupational hazards
  • Apply basic understanding of genetic and physiological factors that affect susceptibility to adverse health outcomes following exposure to environmental hazards
  • Integrate critical reading of scientific literature to develop testable hypotheses and hypothesis-driven experimental research designs
  • Integrate and apply basic knowledge of exposures and molecular mechanisms of action to investigate hypotheses that address the environmental basis of human disease.

Requirements

  • 72 credits, about half coursework and half research
  • Coursework in toxicology, pathophysiology, and other fundamentals
  • Coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, and public health
  • Advanced coursework in the student’s specialty area
  • Advanced dissertation research in an area of specialization

Full program information:
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Contact

Aaron Barchowsky
Professor
332 Bridgeside Point
100 Technology Drive
412-624-8864
aab20@pitt.edu

Bryanna Snyder
Student services staff
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412-383-7297
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Doctoral Student News

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EOH alumna Lauren Chubb is looking beyond what the eye can see to keep miners safe. 

EOH alumna Lauren Chubb is looking beyond what the eye can see to keep miners safe.

PITT MAGAZINE - Lauren Chubb, DrPH, MPH (EOH ’16, ’13) occasionally dons a hard hat to see the results of her work in the lab. Her team at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Mining Program has developed software to analyze respirable dust samples in just a few minutes, rath... (08/05/2019)

Travis Lear awarded predoctoral fellowship F31 award 

Travis Lear awarded predoctoral fellowship F31 award

Travis Lear (EOH '20) has been awarded an F31 predoctoral fellowship from the NHLBI. His project will focus on the molecular mechanisms of dysregulated inflammation in the lung, which is the cause of several lung diseases and a major cause of morbidity and mortality in critically-ill patients.  (12/13/2018)
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Sahu and Ambrosio find longevity protein rejuvenates muscle healing in old mice 

Sahu and Ambrosio find longevity protein rejuvenates muscle healing in old mice

UPMC - New research, developed largely from Amrita Sahu's (EOH) thesis work, implicates the so-called “longevity protein” Klotho, both as culprit and therapeutic target to the inability for skeletal muscle to hear after injury as we get older. “We found that we were able to rescue, at least in part... (11/27/2018)
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EOH awards Keleti Award at Dean's Day 2018 

EOH awards Keleti Award at Dean's Day 2018

Environmental and Occupational Health has traditionally offered the Keleti Award at Dean’s Day to recognize the presentation that demonstrated excellence in environmental health. This year’s Keleti winner is RAHEL BIRRU (PhD '18). (05/07/2018)
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Dean’s Day award recipients, Delta Omega and Rosenkranz prizes 

Dean’s Day award recipients, Delta Omega and Rosenkranz prizes

This year’s Delta Omega prize was awarded to AMRITA SAHU (EOH ’19), and the Herbert Rosenkranz Prize was given to EMMETT HENDERSON (BCHS ’21). (05/04/2018)
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