The Occupational & Environmental Medicine Program provides academic, clinical, and scientific leadership in the Northwest to improve the health of workers and communities through research, clinical and public health services, and the education of medical students, residents, fellows, and public health investigators. The Occupational & Environmental Medicine Program is jointly based in the School of Medicine (Department of Medicine) and the School of Public Health (Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences).
Occupational and Environmental Medicine is a wide-ranging medical specialty focused on the evaluation, treatment, and prevention of disease related to environmental and occupational exposures. Occupational and Environmental Medicine physicians:
- treat job-related diseases
- recognize and resolve workplace and environmental hazards
- conduct research to understand and prevent illnesses and injuries related to the workplace and the environment
- guide occupational and environmental health public policy
The program also serves as a resource for physicians from the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) region, governmental and regulatory agencies, labor organizations, employers and environmental organizations.