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.

 

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)

2019 Celebration of Student Awards

On April 27, 2019, Pitt Publi...
2019 Celebration of Student Awards

On April 27, 2019, Pitt Public Health celebrated recent graduates with awards given upon the culmination of a degree program. Delta Omega's honor society inductees were announced and outstanding thesis/essay and dissertation awards were conferred. Outstanding Student Awards were also given at both ... (04/29/2019)

Gibb: 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice

Now president of Gibb Epidemi...
Gibb: 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice

Now president of Gibb Epidemiology Consulting, Herman Gibb (EOH ’74) has more than 35 years of experience in health risk assessment and has provided expert consultation to a variety of international and national clients. He chairs the World Health Organization (WHO) Foodborne Epidemiology Reference... (04/22/2019)

Dean's Day 2019 award recipients, Delta Omega and Rosenkranz prizes

This year's Delta Omega priz...
Dean's Day 2019 award recipients, Delta Omega and Rosenkranz prizes

This year's Delta Omega prize was awarded to Teagen O'Malley (BCHS '19), and the Herbert Rosenkranz Prize was given to Brandy Hill (EOH '21).  (04/19/2019)

 

Fri
6/21
EOH Seminar Series
Design and Synthesis of Tissue-Specific Radiation Protectors EOH Seminar Series
Design and Synthesis of Tissue-Specific Radiation Protectors
Fri 6/21 1:00PM - 2:00PM
A719 Public Health

Wed
7/10
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
Wed 7/10 1:30PM - 3:30PM
4140 Public Health, Young Seminar Room