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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.

 

Is there a connection between Pittsburgh's high rates of asthma and autoimmune disorders?

Environmental Health News - P...
Is there a connection between Pittsburgh's high rates of asthma and autoimmune disorders?

Environmental Health News - Pittsburgh would be an ideal place for further study on the links between air pollution, asthma, and autoimmune disease, says EOH chair SALLY WENZEL. "There's a lot of evidence now that what you breathe may impact your lungs in many ways, and could actually start an auto... (06/12/2018)

Wenzel says biologic improves severe asthma outcomes

MEDPAGE - Two trials showed th...
Wenzel says biologic improves severe asthma outcomes

MEDPAGE - Two trials showed that dupilumab was associated with reduced exacerbations, better lung function and improved asthma control in patients with moderate-to-severe uncontrolled asthma. EOH professor SALLY WENZEL says, “for patients who have a lot of comorbidities, and are missing a lot of wor... (05/22/2018)

Goldstein on EPA’s disregard for the science behind the Clean Air Act

THE HILL - “In the name of ‘co...
Goldstein on EPA’s disregard for the science behind the Clean Air Act

THE HILL - “In the name of ‘cooperative federalism,’ Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is out to gut one of the finest examples of cooperative federalism in environmental law — that of setting outdoor air pollutant standards,” writes EOH’s BERNARD GOLDSTEIN. “This new approa... (05/18/2018)

EOH awards Keleti Award at Dean's Day 2018

Environmental and Occupationa...
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)

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

This year’s Delta Omega prize ...
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)

 

Fri
7/27
EOH Seminar Series
Gorazd B. Stokin - Axons, axonal pathology and Alzheimer's disease EOH Seminar Series
Gorazd B. Stokin - Axons, axonal pathology and Alzheimer's disease
Fri 7/27 11:00AM - 12:00PM
1149 Public Health, Foster Conference Room

Chair - International Clinical Research Centre

Principle Investigator - Translational Ageing and Neuroscience Program,

Centre for Translational Medicine

International Clinical Research Centre, St. Anne's University Hospital

Brno, Czech Republic

Wed
8/1
EOH Dissertation Defense
Hirunwut Praekunatham - Mechanisms of Azide and Cyanide Binding to Cobalt Complexes EOH Dissertation Defense
Hirunwut Praekunatham - Mechanisms of Azide and Cyanide Binding to Cobalt Complexes
Wed 8/1 1:00PM - 2:30PM
A521 Public Health

EOH Departmental Dissertation Defense

Hirunwut Praekunatham, MD, MPH

"Mechanisms of Azide and Cyanide Binding to Cobalt Complexes Relevant to Antidotal Action"

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