Occupational & Environmental Medicine

About the Occupational & Environmental Medicine Program

The Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) 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 education of medical students, residents, fellows, and public health investigators. 

The Occupational and 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.

Graduate Education

The program offers an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited two-year residency/fellowship in Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM), leading to Occupational Medicine Board eligibility. Ideal 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.
In addition to clinical training in Occupational Medicine, trainees in the OEM training program also obtain a Master of Public Health in OEM. The MPH-OEM degree program provides trainees with a sound didactic background in the principles of occupational and environmental medicine while simultaneously providing academic training in epidemiology, toxicology, biostatistics, and health services administration.  The Occupational & Environmental Medicine MPH program is geared towards clinicians. 
For more information about the MPH-OEM degree associated residency/fellowship opportunities, please visit the MPH in Occupational & Environmental Medicine page