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Graduate students admitted to the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) are invited to join department faculty, students and staff in February each year to learn more about the department's education, research and service activities.

Admitted students visit DEOHS researchers, labs and centers; sit in on environmental and occupational health courses; and talk with current students about their DEOHS experience. 

2021 Admitted Student Visit Week

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Friday, February 19



Works in Progress Seminar Series (WIPS)

This series is a student-led effort to build community, discuss current science, and have meaningful interactions. We encourage all DEOHS students, post-docs, and research staff to participate and join as an opportunity to share work as it unfolds, whether it's messy, incomplete, or just plain stuck. Talks are open to all, especially those excited to think together and problem solve. WIPS is focused on discussion, concept development, and troubleshooting as a community, and as such are strengthened by the diversity, insight, and enthusiasm of attentive audiences.


Savannah D'Evelyn (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Description: Interdisciplinary wildfire research

Logan Arnold (Master of Science in Quantitative Ecology and Research Management)
Description: Heat is an important public health issue, particularly in temperate areas. This research explores the historical relationship between high summer temperatures and mortality in Washington state between 1980 and 2018.

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Monday, February 22


12-1PM PST

Welcome from SPH Dean and DEOHS Chair

Zoom Recording

Join us for a welcome from UW School of Public Health (SPH) Dean Hilary Godwin, Department Chair Dr. Mike Yost, and DEOHS Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) Dr. Scott Meschke. The Office of Academic Services (OAS) staff will also answer any questions you have.

OAS staff:


1-1:30PM PST

Career & Internship session with Hayley Leventhal

Zoom Recording

Hayley Leventhal manages career services and academic internship programs for DEOHS. She'll share information about department and UW resources on career and professional development and discuss academic internship requirements.
MS applied students do not need to attend this session if they plan to attend the MS applied student panel.


1:30-3:20PM PST

ENV H 502: Assessing and Managing Risks from Human Exposure to Environmental Contaminants

Instructor: Dr. Mike Yost
Exposure science provides quantitative data needed to inform risk assessments and apply regulatory standards to a wide range of hazards. Introduces techniques such as hazard identification, dose response estimation, fate and transport modeling, statistical exposure and dose estimation, exposure biomarkers and toxicological risk characterization as applied in both occupational and community environments.


2:30-3:50PM PST

ENV H 518: Understanding and Managing the Health Risks of Climate Change

Instructor: Dr. Kristie Ebi
The health risks of climate change are multiple and range across the public health space. Addresses current and projected health risks of climate change and the policies and measures to manage these risks as the climate continues to change.


3:30-4PM PST

Environmental Justice Research

Dr. Stephanie Farquhar's research focuses on environmental justice--rural and urban, affordable housing and redevelopment project at Yesler Terrace in downtown Seattle, COVID disparities/mapping project.

Check out some of Dr. Farquhar's recent work.


4-4:30PM PST

Meet with Dr. Elaine Faustman & lab

Dr. Elaine Faustman's applications of research include developmental and reproductive toxicants, risk analysis, metagenomics, exposures across the life course, oceans and human health, and disaster preparedness and management.


4:30-5PM PST

Meet with Dr. Julia Cui

Dr. Julia Cui's work focuses on gut microbiome, nuclear receptors, drug metabolism, bile acids and epigenetics.

Tuesday, February 23


8:30-10:20AM PST

ENV H 557: Exposure Controls

Instructors: Dr. Gerry Croteau & Dr. Mike Yost
Presents engineering concepts for selecting exposure controls for chemical, physical, and biological agents. Topics include regulatory mandates, hazard rating strategies, protective clothing, respiratory protection, chemical safety management, building ventilation, local exhaust ventilation, chemical and biohazards controls, airflow measurements and ventilation troubleshooting.
Tuesday's class topic: Exposure monitoring strategies for developing and assessing exposure controls.


11-11:30AM PST

Meet with Dr. Chris Simpson

Dr. Chris Simpson investigates the occupational health of cannabis workers, mechanistic studies of nature contact and health, development of gas sensors and retrospective analysis of metals exposure.


11:30-2:20PM PST

ENV H 560: Occupational Safety Management

Instructor: Mr. Rick Gleason
Explores industrial organization and methods of integrating safety and industrial hygiene programs with industrial operations. Investigates philosophic issues related to industrial safety and health such as responsibility for safety, dependency on safe practice and hierarchy of prevention. Contains numerous case problems and student involvement opportunities.
Tuesday's class topic: The first hour of this course will be student presentations.


11:30-12:30PM PST

One Health Research Network Meeting

The topic of conversation will be marine mammals and water-related disease with Stephanie Norman (Dept of Epi, wildlife epidemiologist and veterinarian) and Casey Mclean (SR3) leading a discussion, with hopefully a number of other researchers in attendance who work in the Salish Sea.


1-1:45PM PST

Current PhD Student Panel

Zoom Recording

For students entering a PhD program. Talk with current PhD students about how they found a research project, what a rotation is, and other topics specific to PhD students.


  • Amber Khan, PhD Environmental & Occupational Hygiene
  • Sarah Philo, PhD Environmental & Occupational Hygiene
  • Claire Schollaert, PhD Environmental & Occupational Hygiene
  • Cara Smith, PhD Environmental & Occupational Hygiene


Current Student Life Panel

Zoom Recording

This is for all admitted students. Hear from current DEOHS graduate students about living in Seattle, finding housing, starting graduate school during a pandemic, and more. This session will be recorded.


  • Madeline Benoit, MPH One Health
  • Max Chmielinski, PhD Environmental & Occupational Hygiene
  • Joycelyn Chui, MPH Environmental & Occupational Health
  • Daaniya Iyaz, MS Environmental Health
  • Sarah Philo, PhD Environmental & Occupational Hygiene
  • Cara Smith, PhD Environmental & Occupational Hygiene
  • Pranav Srikanth, MS Occupational Hygiene


3-3:45PM PST

Current MS Applied Track Student Panel

Zoom Recording

This panel is for students who have been admitted to an MS applied program. Meet with current students in the applied track and our career and internship manager, Hayley Leventhal.


  • Claudian Nguyen, MS Applied Toxicology
  • Xin Dai, MS Applied Toxicology


3-3:45PM PST

Current MS Thesis Track Student Panel

Zoom Recording

This panel is for students who have been admitted to an MS thesis program. Meet with current students in the thesis track to hear about topics related to the MS thesis track.


  • Mariah Dittmore, MS Occupational Hygiene
  • Yoni Rodriguez, MS Occupational Hygiene
  • Pranav Srikanth, MS Occupational Hygiene


4-4:45PM PST

Current MPH Student Panel

Zoom Recording

This panel is for students who have been admitted to an MPH program. Meet with current students in the MPH program and learn about topics related to the MPH program, like the difference between a practicum and thesis.


  • Madeline Benoit, MPH One Health
  • Joycelyn Chui, MPH Environmental & Occupational Health
  • Grant Whitman, MPH Environmental & Occupational Health

Wednesday, February 24


8:45-9:15AM PST

Meet with the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE)

Drs. Kris Ebi and Jeremy Hess support research, teaching and public health practice related to climate change and health. We welcome student involvement in all of our projects and programming, from developing case studies for use in climate and health teaching to community health needs assessment to vulnerability and risk mapping to climate change epidemiology.

Learn more about CHanGE


10:30-11:20AM PST

ENV H 548: Community Air Pollution

Instructor: Dr. Elena Austin
Offers a comprehensive overview of community air pollution, including: air pollution sources, chemistry and meteorology; human health and environmental effects; global warming; air quality standards, monitoring, control and management; indoor air; and local air quality management. Wednesday's class topic: Climate change.


11:15-11:45AM PST

Meet with Dr. June Spector

Dr. June Spector will discuss how to equitably and sustainably assess and enhance resilience to the human health effects of climate-related hazards, including heat and wildfires.
1) Evaluate and compare health benefits of different conservation interventions to inform decision-making and progress toward global sustainable development and climate goals.
2) Develop methods to effectively characterize climate-related hazards and apply these methods to the development and evaluation of approaches to enhance resilience and reduce adverse human health effects.
3) Partner with communities and other stakeholders to document and enhance equity and resilience to climate-related hazards.
Students admitted to the MPH Occupational & Environmental Medicine program will continue conversations with Dr. Spector until 12:00PM.


12-12:45PM PST

Meet with Dr. Karen Levy & lab

Dr. Karen Levy's group carries out research on the ecology and epidemiology of waterborne and enteric diseases. They use environmental microbiology and environmental epidemiology methods to study water quality, food safety and the impact of climate and land-use change on the transmission of diarrheal diseases. Dr. Levy and her lab moved to the University of Washington in June 2020 and are currently growing their research group with several ongoing projects for students to get involved with in Mozambique and Ecuador.

Check out a recent blog post on Dr. Karen Levy


1-1:30PM PST

Meet with Dr. Scott Meschke & lab

Dr. Scott Meschke works on environmental surveillance of pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2. His lab works across media (air, water, soil, wastewater, food, surfaces) and on various detection and control approaches.



School of Public Health COVID-19 Webinar

Dean Hilary Godwin hosts a series of webinars designed to share the latest updates on the School’s and the UW’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. While guidance provided is for students, staff and faculty with primary affiliations in the School of Public Health, these webinars are also open to SPH alumni, community partners and friends, and other UW students, staff and faculty.

This week, we'll hear from special guest Umair Shah, Washington state's new Secretary of Health, who replaced John Wiesman in December. We'll learn about Shah's priorities for the Department of Health, as it continues to lead the state in the response to COVID-19, and what he's learned in his first few months.

Calendar + Zoom Link

Learn more about the SPH COVID-19 webinar here


4-4:30PM PST

Meet with Dr. Catherine Karr

Dr. Catherine Karr's research focuses on pediatric environmental epidemiology, the ECHO Pathways study and th Kenya ABC study.

Thursday, February 25


10-10:30AM PST

Meet with the Field Group

Dr. Marty Cohen oversees a group of industrial hygienists who conduct workplace health and safety consultations and research. They welcome students joining them in the field as well as helping with their research or providing independent study opportunities. This session will also be joined by Dr. Nancy Simcox.

Check out a recent blog post on work the field group has done.


11:30AM-12PM PST

Built Environment Session

Dr. Andy Dannenberg's research focuses on health and the built environment, including transportation, urban planning, architecture, autonomous vehicles, climate change, equity and health impact assessment.


12-12:30PM PST

ERC Funding Session

This session is only open to students who received ERC funding as part of their offer of admission. Students will meet with Drs. Chris Simpson, Marissa Baker and Peter Rabinowitz.


12:30-1:20PM PST

ENV H 580: Environmental and Occupational Health Live Webinar

Link to Register

The Environmental and Occupational Health Seminar (Env H 580) is a department-sponsored seminar series for students, staff and faculty; practicing professionals in the environmental and occupational health fields; and the public. This seminar highlights the rich diversity of our department and is an opportunity to hear from locally, nationally and internationally known scientists, practitioners and policymakers on issues of current scientific importance.
Thursday's webinar: "Legacy Arsenic in Lakes: That Toxic Relationship That Just Won't Go Away!" - James Gawel, PhD

Zoom Recording

Learn more here


2:30-3:30PM PST

Meet with the Center for One Health Research (COHR) group

The Center for One Health Research at the University of Washington investigates the health linkages among humans, animals and their shared environments. One Health emphasizes the connections across these three elements and seeks a healthy co-existence between humans and animals in sustainable ecosystems. Our researchers pioneer integrated research and practice approaches to investigate zoonotic and infectious diseases, the microbiome, antimicrobial resistance and the human-animal bond.
We use a transdisciplinary approach to explore how to:

  • Prevent, detect and respond to emerging infectious disease outbreaks.
  • Understand what animal disease events can tell us about environmental health hazards.
  • Learn from animals about new treatments for human diseases.
  • Respond to environmental disasters involving humans and animals.
  • Feed 9 billion people while preserving ecosystems.
  • Adapt to and mitigate climate change.
  • Optimize biodiversity for the planet and our bodies.

Learn about COHR here


4-4:30PM PST

Meet with Dr. Lianne Sheppard & lab

Dr. Lianne Sheppard studies air pollution exposure assessment study design and its role on epidemiologic inference. Her group has data from an innovative mobile monitoring study that will provide many opportunities for thesis projects.


5-6:50PM PST

ENV H 538: Public Health and the Built Environment

Instructor: Dr. Andy Dannenberg
Examines how the design of communities and land-use and transportation decisions have positive and adverse effects on health. Considers built environment impacts on physical activity, obesity, air quality, injuries, mental health, social capital and environmental justice and explores interventions to promote healthy community design.
Thursday's class topic: Guest speakers include Gene Duvernoy, JD, MBA, President and CEO Emeritus, Forterra, and Heather Burpee, M Arch, Research Associate Professor, UW Department of Architecture; Integrated Design Lab.

Friday, February 26


10:30-11AM PST

Meet with Dr. Marissa Baker & lab

Dr. Marissa Baker's current research centers on occupational experiences of vulnerable or underrepresented groups. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been working closely with a variety of worker organizations, government and industry partners to characterize physical and mental health outcomes experienced by workers due to the pandemic, characterize their risk perceptions and needs, and propose and evaluate interventions for safe work.

Recent blog posts Dr. Marissa Baker has been featured:


11-12PM PST

Meet with the Collaborative on Extreme Event Resilience (CEER) group

Drs. Nicole Errett and Tania Busch Isaksen founded the Collaborative on Extreme Event Resilience, a research group committed to working with policymakers, practitioners and community-based organizations to collaboratively generate, implement and evaluate evidence-informed policy and practice to improve resilience.
Learn more about CEER here


11:30AM-12:20PM PST

ENV H 515: Organ System Toxicology

Instructor: Dr. Terry Kavanagh
Focuses on organ system toxicology. Emphasizes the pathophysiology of toxicant-induced organ injury, including adaptive responses to toxicant exposure, inflammation and tissue repair pathways. Friday's class topic: Introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the blood and bone marrow.


12:15-1PM PST

Meet with Dr. Edmund Seto

Dr. Edmund Seto's group is involved in a variety of exposure science projects. Their current work includes low-cost sensors for air pollution measurement with communities, environmental justice mapping, COVID-related behavior and health changes.


1-1:45PM PST

Meet with the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) center

The Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center conducts research and promotes best health and safety practices for Northwest producers and workers in farming, fishing and forestry. Affiliated with the UW School of Public Health, PNASH integrates expertise from multiple disciplines, institutions and community partners. Areas of emphasis include new production technologies and the needs of under-served and vulnerable populations.

Learn more about PNASH


Event Rescheduled

Current International Student Panel

This session is for international students. Meet with current DEOHS international students.



Zoom Trivia with current DEOHS students

Link to RSVP

Wrap up the DEOHS Visit Week with a zoom trivia with current students! Trivia will act like pub trivia with rounds and teams. Don't worry about forming a team! You will be randomly assigned with other prospective students and current DEOHS students.


Additional Resources

If you have questions...

Please reach out to Trina Sterry, Manager of Student and Academic Services with any questions you might have. You can email, call 206-616-4177, or schedule a zoom appointment by selecting one of the "current graduate student" appointments on this calendar.

When you’re ready to decide...

April 15th, 2021 is the deadline to accept or decline our offer, when you are ready to make a decision, please do so through the MyGrad Online Application

If you accept an offer of admission, instructions and next steps will appear on your Graduate Application Status Page. International students who indicated that they would be requesting an I-20 or DS visa application will also see instructions on that page.  

Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) Visit Days

As a unit of the University of Washington Graduate School, the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) is committed to enhancing equity and social progression to promote the success of graduate students of color. GO-MAP offers professional development workshops, community building, graduate funding opportunities, advocacy, consulting and advising.

GO-MAP Virtual Visit Days will be on April 1 and 2, 2021. GO-MAP will host a live Q&As via Zoom from 10-11:15am PST. The April 1 session will feature a panel of GO-MAP students. The April 2 session will highlight key information from GO-MAP staff.

Tuition and Funding

The tuition rates for all degrees for 2020-2021 are listed on the SPH Tuition and Funding page. The 2021-2022 rates will be published in august 2021. If you have been admitted to a MS or PhD program and are a resident of one the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) states, you may be eligible to pay Washington resident tuition. Contact Trina Sterry for more information (see contact information in the "If you have questions" section).


See the UW Housing Website for information about on campus housing options.

For off campus options, this Neighborhood Guide created by Transportation Services takes your commute into primary consideration as you consider locations. You may find particularly useful this google map showing communities by transportation type: google map of UW commuting communities 

Another great resource for getting to know Seattle is this video: Black Life in Seattle, created with support from the UW's Office of Minority Affairs

The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) has a Facebook group for students looking for housing:  GOMAP Find a Roommate/Housing Facebook Group 

Virtual campus tour

If you are unable to view the University of Washington in person, take a self-guided virtual tour. Download the app below.

Virtual Tour