Join us for Admitted Student Visit Week: February 27 to March 3, 2023!
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.
In 2023, we will host Admitted Student Visit Week from February 27 to March 3. The majority of events will be virtual, with some in-person gatherings. Keep checking this page for updates!
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.
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2023 Admitted Student Visit Week
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Welcome and webinar | Student panels and social events | Research information | Classes
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Please RSVP for events HERE.
Monday, February 27
1:00 pm – 2:20 pm PST
In-person attendance information: Class meets in Hitchcock 320 (map link)
Remote attendance link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/3785247858
Class 518: Understanding and Managing the Health Risks of Climate Change (Instructor: Kristie Ebi)
The health risks of climate change are multiple and range across the public health space. This course addresses the current and projected health risks of climate change and the policies and measures to manage these risks as the climate continues to change. This class session will focus on mitigation policies and health co-benefits. Both in-person and remote participation available.
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm PST
Remote attendance link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/99376650912
Welcome from the Chair's Office and Office of Academic Services
Join us for a welcome from Department Chair Dr. Mike Yost and DEOHS Graduate Program Coordinator Dr. Scott Meschke. The Office of Academic Services staff will also answer any questions you have.
4 pm – 5 pm PST
Remote attendance link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/95848193912
Understanding the Differences Between the MS and MPH Degrees
Trying to decide which masters degree is right for you? Meet with faculty to learn more about the MPH Thesis, MPH Capstone, MS Thesis and MS Applied degrees.
Tuesday, February 28
8:30 am – 9:50 am PST
In-person attendance information: Class meets in Health Sciences Education Building 325 (map link)
Remote attendance link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/99382901257
Class 539: One Health: Human and Animal Health in a Changing Environment (Instructor: Julianne Meisner)
One Health employs a multi-disciplinary approach to address the inextricable links between human health, animal health, and ecosystem health in order to achieve optimal health and wellbeing for all. This class session will feature a guest lecture by Lisa Dabek about the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Project. Both in-person and remote participation available.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PST
Remote attendance link: https://www.zoom.us/j/4809475280
One Health Lab Group Information Session
This is a student group where we discuss students' updates to research and any One Health news.
Wednesday, March 1
9:30 am – 10:00 am PST
Remote attendance link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/92628785266
Meet with the Field Group
Through the Field Research and Consultation Group, we can provide applied workplace health and safety experiences. The Field Group can also assist with workplace health and safety research.
10:30 am – 11:20 am PST
In-person attendance information: Class meets in Health Sciences Education Building 101 (map link)
Class 548: Community Air Pollution (Instructor: Elena Austin)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of community air pollution. Topics covered include: air pollution sources; chemistry and meteorology; effects on human health and the environment; climate change; air quality standards, monitoring and management; air pollution control technology; indoor air; wildfire smoke; environmental justice; and alternative fuels. This class session will focus on review for the final exam. Only in-person participation available.
3:20 pm – 3:50 pm PST
In-person attendance information: Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, Room 101 (map link)
Remote attendance link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/91996555791
Career Services Session with Dan Poux
Dan Poux is the DEOHS Manager of Experiential Learning & Career Services. In this session, he will highlight how he supports graduate students as they build skills that employers are looking for, through internships before graduation and when searching for their next opportunity after graduation. Both in-person and remote participation available.
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm PST
Location: Hans Rosling Center for Population Health, Room 155 (map link)
Meet current DEOHS graduate students, staff and faculty. Light refreshments will be provided.
Thursday, March 2
10:00 am – 10:45 am PST
Remote attendance link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/97041918287
Meet with the Food Systems Research Group: Drs Jen Otten, Marie Spiker and Sarah Collier
The food systems research group conducts work related to the health impacts of food systems: food access and availability, agricultural sustainability and resilience, and other related topics. Ongoing and upcoming projects include research on food accessibility, producer/consumer perceptions of sustainability, human health implications of shifting production systems, and soil carbon sequestration on small farms serving regional markets.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
Remote attendance link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/99427613588
Student Life Panel
Hear from current DEOHS graduate students about their student experience, living in Seattle, finding housing and more.
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm PST
Foege Vista Cafe (map link)
School of Public Health (SPH) Dean's Office Lunch
Come meet the dean of the School of Public Health, Hilary Godwin, and get to know admitted graduate students in the other SPH departments and programs. This lunch will be catered by Cedars (Vegetable Samosa, Butter Chicken, Vegetable Tikka Masala, Basmati Rice, Tandoori Naan, Kheer (rice pudding for dessert), mango lemonade.
Please RSVP by February 23rd.
12:30 pm – 1:20 pm PST
Online registration link: https://washington.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8Kv90WUBQ5G_7WRQ-8IbGw
580 Seminar- Environmental & Occupational Health Webinar: Understanding the Environmental Health Implications of Tire Rubber Pollution - Ed Kolodziej, PhD
All seminars will be presented as livestream Zoom webinars. 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.
About the speaker: Ed Kolodziej is a professor at the University of Washington with joint faculty appointments at Environmental Sciences at UW-Tacoma and in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW-Seattle. He also is a Principal Investigator at the Center for Urban Waters (Tacoma, WA) where Ed and his research group use advanced mass spectrometry and hard work to investigate contaminant fate and transport, build effective treatment systems, and insure ecosystem health.
View recordings from previous webinars, spring quarter speakers and register for upcoming webinars here
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm PST
Remote attendance link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/99795819441
Meet with the Hovis Lab
The Hovis lab has research projects focused on food safety, food rescue, health equity, environmental justice and community engagement.
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm PST
Remote attendance link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/91685799288
Meet with Drs. Edmund Seto, Elena Austin and Esther Min
Dr. Min works on community-directed research and public health practice projects. Her community partners are primarily in Washington State. For those that are curious, she can also talk about her (shared) project with environmental justice maps, a hot topic across the nation!
Dr. Edmund Seto’s research focuses on exposure assessment of air pollution, noise, infection agents, and most recent peer-reviewed published work involves assessment and control of exposure to wildfire smoke in community, residential, and occupational settings. His work has involved the development of new methods for quantifying behaviors and their influence on exposures, including through the use of smartphone technologies (mobile apps, in-the-moment Ecological Momentary Assessment surveys, phone-based sensing), alternative air quality monitoring approaches (community air monitoring and personal exposure monitoring using low-cost sensors, monitoring methods using various mobile platforms), and geographic information system/geospatial analytics.
Dr. Elena Austin’s expertise areas and past work include complex multi-pollutant exposure metrics, geographic information systems, remote sensing, risk communication in rural and development, and evaluation real-time community air pollution decisions tools. She is currently the principal investigator of UW EPA and WA State funded projects investigating the effectiveness of HEPA filter intervention in reducing exposure to aircraft and roadway pollutants and wildfire smoke in classroom settings. She also has considerable experience in sampling indoor and outdoor ultrafine particles with the goal of developing multi-pollutant exposure metrics to identify unique sources and estimate long-term exposure.
Drs. Seto and Austin are both also very active on a number of community-engaged environmental monitoring studies.
Friday, March 3
9:00 am – 9:30 am PST
Remote attendance link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/94942154841
Meet with the Levy Lab
Our group carries out research on the ecology and epidemiology of waterborne and enteric diseases. We 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.
10:00 am – 11:00 am PST
Remote attendance link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/99202648774
Meet with Dr. Yijie Geng
We use high-throughput screening in zebrafish to systematically discover environmental determinants of social behavior and mental illnesses, such as autism spectrum disorder. We also develop innovative omics approaches to study the molecular mechanisms of environmental toxicants.
11:30 am – 12:20 pm PST
In-person attendance information: Class meets in Health Sciences Education Building 421 (map link)
Remote attendance link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/95624161464
Class 515: Toxic Agents: Effects and Mechanisms (Instructor: Judit Marsillach)
ENV H 515 is the first course of a two-course sequence (ENV H 515/516). The overall goal of the series is for students to expand the basic concepts and mechanisms of toxicology gained in ENV H 503 to understand how chemicals interact with biological systems to produce adverse effects, i.e., the science of toxicology. This class session will focus on blood toxicity. Both in-person and remote participation available.
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm PST
Remote attendance link: https://washington.zoom.us/j/99335183912
Meet with Dr. Elaine Faustman
We will discuss current projects at the Institute for Risk Analysis & Risk Communication including Children's Cohort, Ocean Nexus and STOP Spillover.
Environmental & Occupational Health Webinar Series
Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:20 pm PST
All seminars will be presented as live-stream Zoom webinars. 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.
View recordings from previous webinars, spring quarter speakers and register for upcoming webinars.
Graduate Student Equity & Excellence (GSEE) Visit Days
As a unit of the University of Washington Graduate School, the Graduate Student Equity & Excellence (GSEE) is committed to enhancing equity and social progression to promote the success of graduate students of color. GSEE offers professional development workshops, community building, graduate funding opportunities, advocacy, consulting and advising.
GSEE will be hosting a live Q&A session via Zoom with a panel of historically underrepresented graduate students. We will also be holding an in-person reception for admitted prospective students to connect with staff who are dedicated to supporting underserved graduate students at the UW. Whether you decide to attend either event (or both!), we hope that you bring any questions you may have about being a graduate student at the UW. Please see the schedule below, and register to join us.
GSEE Prospective Student Days will occur on March 30 and 31, 2023.
- Virtual Student Panel via Zoom: March 30, 10 am – 11:15 am PST
- In-Person Reception in the Petersen Room (Allen Library): March 31, 12 pm – 2 pm PST
Registration is required, please visit the GSEE website to register.
UW School of Public Health MPH Practicum Symposium
Wednesday, April 12 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm PST
Location: UW HUB Ballroom
Listen to presentations from MPH students in DEOHS and across the School of Public Health. Zoom sessions will be available for those who need to participate virtually (April 17-20). You must RSVP to receive communication from the host closer to the event, including a Zoom link for the virtual option.
Check out the MPH Symposium website to learn more about the event and the student presentations.
Required RSVP HERE
SPH Partnership Projects Around the U.S. and the World
Our new Public Health Practice website is a strong resource for admitted/prospective SPH students interested in getting involved in public health practice in SPH. The interactive maps highlight current projects and other established relationships our faculty have with non-academic organizations external to the UW. The additional pages highlight examples of faculty collaborations and student projects with these organizations, and serve as a landing page for schoolwide practice resources.