Students touring a construction facility

Our goal: create sustainable communities where everyone has access to clean air, clean water, safe food and safe workplaces.

The Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) at the University of Washington investigates how environmental and workplace factors affect people’s health.

We educate tomorrow’s health and safety leaders, collaborating with cross-sector partners to develop innovative solutions to some of the most urgent health challenges facing today’s workers and communities.

We believe every person should have a safe place to work and a healthy neighborhood to call home.


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Clean air

Photo of eastern washington field with cows grazing and windmills in the background.
DEOHS promotes healthy communities in Washington and around the globe. Photo by Stacey Holland.

For 70 years, DEOHS has been at the forefront of investigating the health effects of air pollution on children, the elderly, communities of color and low-income communities.

Clean water

We develop innovative methods to identify and remove contaminants from water sources, protect against toxins in the ocean food chain and prevent water-borne illnesses.

Safe food

PhD student Heather Fowler wipes a sample collection swab across the palm of someone in their home in Seattle.
PhD student Heather Fowler conducts research in the field. Photo by Katherine B. Turner.

Our researchers and students aim to safeguard the environment while improving the health and safety of workers in the food and agricultural industries, people who depend on these resources and the animals used for livestock production.

Safe workplaces

We work closely with industry and labor groups and across sectors to promote workplace safety and investigate occupational health issues that include on-the-job injuries, chemical and biological exposures, repetitive movement, sexual harassment and noise pollution.

Sustainable communities

We promote healthy, sustainable communities in Washington state and around the globe by exploring how and why some communities are more vulnerable to environmental hazards and identifying policies and interventions to reduce exposure.


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