Students touring a construction facility

Our vision: 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) in the University of Washington's School of Public Health builds healthy communities and safe workplaces. Our programs are ranked No. 6 in the world for environmental and occupational health, and No. 3 among US universities, by US News & World Report.

We work with partners in Washington and around the globe to: 

  • Research how environmental exposures and workplace factors affect people's health.
  • Educate tomorrow’s health and safety leaders.
  • Provide training and services that make workplaces safer through evidence-based solutions.

Collaboration is at the core of our work. We work with thousands of partners in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, including businesses, tribes, community-based organizations and government agencies, to translate our research findings into better health, with a focus on vulnerable populations.  

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

Download the DEOHS fact sheet 



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: Stacey Holland.

For more than 75 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 waterborne 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: 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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