MPH in Occupational & Environmental Medicine

About the Master of Public Health in Occupational & Environmental Medicine

The MPH in Occupational & Environmental Medicine (MPH-OEM) degree is typically offered in conjunction with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited two-year residency/fellowship in Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) described below. Upon successful completion of this two-year program, participants receive an MPH-OEM degree and are eligible for Occupational Medicine Board Certification. The MPH-OEM degree combines broad training in public health with specific training in occupational and environmental medicine. The program of study includes core courses in occupational and environmental medicine, environmental health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health services, and social and behavioral health sciences. In addition, successful candidates are required to complete a public health practicum and write a research-based master's thesis.

The degree is designed for individuals who anticipate careers in occupational and environmental medicine, whether in clinical practice, academics, or public health practice. Alumni of this degree and concurrent residency program are leaders in the field who influence public policy to improve occupational and environmental health. They work in a diverse range of settings, such as:

  • Occupational medicine clinics, treating injured and ill workers
  • Academic medical centers, applying the results of cutting-edge environmental and occupational health research to patient populations, teaching trainees, and serving the community
  • Governmental and community public health settings, performing environmental and occupational health risk assessment and prevention for large populations

Although the MPH-OEM typically is offered in conjunction with a residency/fellowship, students do occasionally opt to earn the MPH-OEM degree without participating in a residency program (subject to approval on a case-by-case basis). 

Degree Competencies and Requirements

This degree prepares students to meet the competencies LISTED HERE on the School of Public Health’s web site.

CLICK HERE to view/download a detailed table of requirements for the MPH-OEM degree

About the Residency/Fellowship in Occupational & Environmental Medicine

EligibilityIdeal candidates for this fellowship have completed training in a primary clinical specialty and are interested in applying their clinical knowledge in a way that can prevent occupational and environmental illnesses and injuries.

Clinical Activities: Our clinical activities are conducted at Harborview Medical Center, one of the University of Washington's two main teaching hospitals. Trainees hold joint appointments in the accredited residency program as senior fellows in the Department of Medicine and the School of Public Health. The program's clinical component centers on regularly scheduled diagnostic and surveillance outpatient clinics conducted at Harborview Medical Center. The multidisciplinary staff, including attending physicians, an industrial hygienist, enrolled fellows and residents, evaluates approximately 1,500 patients yearly. Additional clinical opportunities are available in specialty clinics including pulmonary, dermatology, otorhinolaryngology, sports and spine, orthopedic, chest, and the pain clinic. Offsite rotations are arranged with a number of local and regional organizations, including The Boeing Company, the Department of Labor and Industries, Group Health, Valley Medical Center, Washington Poison Control Center, Central Washington Occupational Medicine Clinic, the Work Clinic, and the Veteran Affairs (VA) Puget Sound.

For More Information

For more information, please contact:

Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency/Fellowship Program
325 9th Avenue, Box 359739
Seattle, WA 98104

Madigan Army Hospital's Preventive Medicine Residency Program
Tacoma, WA 98431
253-968-4479 or DSN 782-4479

The MPH-OEM Degree Program
DEOHS Office of Academic Services
University of Washington
Box 357234
Seattle, WA 98195