McHugh, PhD - Graduated 1997
Groundwater Services, Inc., Houston, Texas
found that the training I received at DEH has created opportunities
to advance professionally"
McHugh works for an environmental consulting company that specializes
in environmental engineering and risk management. His projects mostly
relate to human and ecological risk assessment, and involve applied
research and development of regulatory guidance.
of his favorite parts of the job is developing training programs
on the application of risk assessment to environmental remediation
sites. He has had the opportunity to present these training programs
around the world, including Brazil, Italy, and Malaysia.
rejoined the firm where he worked before coming to UW for his PhD,
but with a new advantage. I found that the training I received
at DEH has created opportunities to advance professionally and within
the company that I would not have had without the training.
His specialty in toxicology allows him to tackle highly technical
risk assessment issues. He also found that the DEH program gave
him the broad environmental health background that he needed to
apply his toxicology training to environmental remediation issues.
suggests that current students become involved in other activities
related to their future interests in addition to the core course
requirements and thesis research. For example, he found that collaborations
with the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and participation in
risk assessment projects, while not directly related to his research,
were an important part of his education.
parts of the country have a shortage of qualified toxicologists
in environmental consulting, he said. As risk assessment continues
to become more important in environmental remediation, the role
of toxicologists and other environmental health professionals continues
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Prezant, MSPH, MBA, CIH, CPE - Graduated 1982
& Chief Executive Officer
Prezant Associates, Inc.
Prezant supplemented his Master's Degree in Environmental Health
with a Masters in Business Administration, taking his science
background into the business world. The business he started in 1987
has grown from a one-man shop into the largest locally owned industrial
hygiene consulting, laboratory, and health and safety training organi-zation
in the Pacific Northwest. It employs 35 people in Seattle, Spokane,
and Mount Vernon.
he received his MSPH degree, Prezant worked for five years with
what is now called the Field Research and Consultation Group, consulting
on indoor air quality and ergonomics.
He has continued to pursue his interest in indoor air qualityespecially
mold. He is an affiliate instructor and teaches indoor air quality
in EHVH 557, the depart-ment's Industrial Ventilation class.
Prezant Associates includes DEH master's graduates, such as David
Chawes (81), Rick Gleason (80), and Dianne Knutson (99).
Gleason teaches in DEH, as does Kate Stewart, whose ergonomics consulting
firm merged with Prezant Associates in 1999.
are the only consulting firm with such strong ties with the department,
Prezant said. We are appreciative of the opportunities the
department has given us, and we support UW in any way we can.
The field of Industrial Hygiene has broadened in the 20 years since
he graduated to include other public health issues. In addition
to investigating health and safety hazards in factories, the new
economy takes industrial hygienists into office buildings and single-
and multi-family residences.
calls industrial hygiene a great field for anyone interested
in the application and communi-cation of science ... It isn't pure
sciencewe are out doing practical applicationstaking
science and applying it every day. The application of science
to public health gives Environmental Health graduates a broader
perspective than, for example, engineering. Public health
is our raison dêtre, he said.
Lowry Coble, MSPH - Graduated 1985
Assistant Director & Senior Scientist
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
you may not die a millionaire you will definitely feel as
if you are making a difference"
(Lowry) Coble applies her science background to environmental advocacy
with the Maryland-based Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Her job is to
ensure that the foundation uses sound science to restore and protect
the bay. As the only person on staff with a public health background,
she is the key link between the environment and human health, and
as assistant director, she helps administer and manage the foundations
has been with the foundation for more than a decade and says, I
can honestly say I have never had two days be the same. She
spends a great deal of time trying to influence state legislation
(she is a registered lobbyist). She also spends time on the Bay
in kayaks and canoes. She talks to citizen groups and international
organizations, working specifically in the area of chemical contaminants
and nutrients from point and non-point sources. I am continually
challenged by the diversity of the issues that I work on and therefore,
am constantly learning new things.
graduating from DEH, she managed the Exposure Pathways Study, which
assessed the arsenic exposure of the citizens living near the Asarco
smelter in Tacoma. After the study was complete, she worked for
the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, overseeing its Water
and Hazardous Waste section. In 1990, she and husband Joe Coble
moved to the East Coast.
is unequivocal about the role the Department of Environmental Health
played in her career. My experience at DEH gave me the foundation
on which I have built my profession. I learned how to use and communicate
scientific issues in particular, environmental health issues, in
order to protect the environment and human health.
was inspired by professors who made it clear that once you
are educated about environmental health issues, you then have a
responsibility to be an advocate about those issues.
sees ample opportunities in her field. There is a need for
people who understand science and can communicate the issues.
She suggests that graduates contact advocacy groups and private
foundations about job possibilities. While you may not die
a millionaire, you will definitely feel as if you are making a difference.
Coble, MSPH, ScD, CIH - Graduated 1984
Scientist, National Cancer Institute
Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics
Occupational Epidemiology Branch
Coble is with the National Cancer Institute, working on identifying
and preventing occupational health hazards. He conducts retrospective
exposure assessments for occupational epidemiology studies. Because
the Institute collaborates on a wide variety of national and international
studies, he interacts with some of the worlds leading experts
on occupational health.
graduating from UW in 1984, he worked for 12 years as an industrial
hygienist in the private sector, primarily in the forest products
industry. In 1996, he entered a doctoral program in Environmental
Health Engineering at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene
and Public Health, and received a Doctorate of Science (ScD) in
2000. He was hired by Occupational Epidemiology Branch at the National
Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.
feels the interdisciplinary curriculum at UW provided him with a
solid scientific foundation for his work in industry, and later
in research. He learned the basic principles of industrial hygiene,
as well as toxicology, epidemiology, and biostatistics. His masters
thesis on the development and validation of monitoring methods to
assess occupational exposure to formaldehyde led directly
to a job as an industrial hygienist in private industry.
he specialized in occupational health and safety, he appreciated
that the faculty at DEH has expertise on a wide spectrum of issues.
Exposure to a range of environmental as well as occupational
health topics provided a broad perspective from which to understand
the larger aspects of health policy and risk assessment, as well
as some of the more scientific and technical issues associated with
the identification and control of health risks.
encourages students to learn as much as you can about the
science, as well as the applied aspects of occupational and environmental
health. While most graduates will not end up working in research,
he thinks an understanding of the scientific method would serve
them well in other fields. He sees a Masters Degree in Industrial
Hygiene as a launching pad for a variety of careers in the private
sector, government, and academia.
A. Evanoff, MD, MPH - Graduated 1993
A. & Elizabeth Henby Sutter Associate Professor of Occupational,
Industrial, & Environmental Medicine
Director, Division of General Medical Sciences
Washington University School of Medicine
teaching & helping patients
is no shortage of
teaching, and clinical practice fill the life of Brad Evanoff. His
research specialty involves musculoskeletal disorders and occupational
an associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at
Washington University in St. Louis, he teaches medical students,
residents, and fellows. I find teaching to be stimulating
and enjoyable, as is mentoring junior faculty as they develop
into independent investigators.
also sees patients in an occupational health clinic and in the general
medicine service in the hospital, and has administrative duties
as chief of the Division of General Medical Sciences, a research
group that performs outcomes research and clinical epidemiology.
finds occupational health research exciting because it offers
the ability to combine clinical medicine with public health.
He acknowledges that there is no shortage of controversies
in our field, which will continue to have important social consequences
and gen-erate interesting questions for academic research.
He has been involved, for example, in ergonomics regulation at the
received his clinical training at Washington University School of
Medicine before entering the Occupational and Environmental Medicine
program at UW. He returned to Washington University to start a new
research and teaching program in occupational diseases.
still relies on the training in epidemiology, industrial hygiene,
and toxicology that he received at UW, either
in his own research or in teaching.
Seattle, he found an incredible group of faculty who
served as role models. He also learned from his peers, a diverse
group of nurses, industrial hygienists, epidemiologists, and fellow
encourages students to take advantage of these opportunities. You
are unlikely to again be in a setting where you
have such a talented group of people interested in occupational
and environmental health and safety.
sees great opportunities available in occupational medicine
and occupational health, both in academic research and its
application in the real world.