Exposure Science

Exposure science studies the transfer of hazardous agents from the workplace and the general environment into our bodies, through measurement of environmental concentrations of the hazardous agents, and the length and duration of our contact with these hazards. Exposure science also seeks to mitigate the adverse effects of contact with hazardous agents, by elucidating critical pathways of exposure, and by designing interventions that interrupt or minimize those exposure pathways. The diagram below, reprinted with permission from the National Research Council’s 2012 report “Exposure Science in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy”, illustrates the central role of Exposure Science in understanding the relationship between the presence of hazardous agents in the environment, and their effects on human health.

 

Figure S-1, Exposure Science in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy, 2012. by the National Academy of Sciences, Courtesy of the National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typical activities of the Exposure Scientist include:
• Identify hazards and potential dangers in the workplace and the ambient environment
• Make recommendations on improving the safety of workers and the community at large
• Conduct scientific research to provide data on possible harmful conditions in the workplace and the ambient environment
• Develop new techniques to quantify and control potentially dangerous situations in the workplace and the community
• Train and educate workers and community members about hazards on the job and in our communities
• Advise government officials and participate in the development of Environmental and Health and Safety Regulations
• Enforce Environmental and Health and Safety Regulations
• Develop Health and Safety training programs
 

The program offers two degrees:

Master of Science (MS) in Occupational and Environmental Exposure Science
PhD, Environmental and Occupational Hygiene