Environmental Health

Sharing the science on vaping
Blog entry | October 14, 2019
Scientists and health professionals are rushing to assess the health effects of vaping amid a multistate outbreak of lung injuries associated with the use of e-cigarettes. Teachers could play a critical role in helping youth understand the health risks, yet little formal guidance or training for educators currently exists.
Collaborating on clean air research
Blog entry | September 23, 2019
  A group of air pollution researchers from the University of Washington, led by the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), met with Chinese counterparts in Beijing earlier this month and returned enthusiastic about opportunities for future research collaborations.
On the job | Suhani Patel
Blog entry | August 30, 2019
  Editor’s note: This summer, 26 students in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) are getting hands-on experience as interns with government agencies and private companies. In our occasional “On the Job” series, we feature some of their stories.  
On the job | Mariah Dittmore
Blog entry | August 26, 2019
  Editor’s note: This summer, 26 students in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) are getting hands-on experience as interns with government agencies and private companies. In our occasional “On the Job” series, we feature some of their stories.  
DEOHS at ISEE conference 2019
Blog entry | August 21, 2019
More than two dozen faculty, staff and students from the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) and our research partners will share their research at the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology conference next week.
On the job | Jenny Pak
Blog entry | August 19, 2019
  Editor’s note: This summer, 26 students in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) are getting hands-on experience as interns with government agencies and private companies. In our occasional “On the Job” series, we feature some of their stories.  
Flame retardants and diabetes
Blog entry | August 07, 2019
Adding flame retardants to consumer products was supposed to protect people from harm when manufacturers began the practice in the 1970s.
Making breathing room
Blog entry | July 29, 2019
  As wildfires spread across the Pacific Northwest last summer, the Seattle area briefly earned the dubious honor of being one of the most polluted cities on earth.
Award-winning students
Blog entry | July 18, 2019
Two 2019 graduates of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) won awards this month at a student research competition held by the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs.
Global impact
Blog entry | July 15, 2019
  Researcher, lecturer, leader, mentor and global citizen-scientist. DEOHS Professor Elaine Faustman, PhD, is being recognized this week by scientists around the globe for the many roles she has played in advancing the science of toxicology over her nearly 40-year career.
2019 DEOHS graduation
Blog entry | June 17, 2019
The UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) is celebrating the 57 new graduates who received their degrees this weekend. DEOHS Chair Michael Yost presided over a Friday ceremony at Foege Auditorium honoring the students, who earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Public Health, Master of Science and PhD degrees.
Well water safety
Blog entry | May 31, 2019
Kori VanDerGeest MPH, Environmental Health Hometown Albuquerque, NM Future plans To conduct community-based public health research. “What really excites me about what I did in the last two years is being able to respond to a community need.” - Kori VanDerGeest
UW research showcase
Blog entry | May 24, 2019
Research led by Environmental Health majors in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) was featured yesterday at the School of Public Health's Undergraduate Symposium.
Measuring the toll of wildfires
Blog entry | May 23, 2019
Amanda Durkin BS, Environmental Health Hometown Hingham, MA Future plans A career in occupational health and an eventual MBA degree. “One thing I will miss about the UW is the opportunity for constant learning and growth.” - Amanda Durkin
Omenn award winner
Blog entry | May 20, 2019
Annie Doubleday MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health Hometown Shoreline, WA Future plans Working on air pollution and climate change issues at the state or local level. “The remarkable support I received from DEOHS faculty, staff and students made all the difference in my experience at the UW.”
Fighting dengue with data
Blog entry | May 14, 2019
Kholood Altassan PhD, Environmental and Occupational Hygiene Hometown Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Future plans Assistant professor at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. “If I was going to spend this much time on a research project, I wanted to dedicate it to an area that doesn’t get as much attention.”
“What are they getting exposed to out there?”
Blog entry | April 29, 2019
J.C. Harris lives on a cul-de-sac directly in the flight path of Sea-Tac International Airport’s third runway. For Harris, a University of Washington study analyzing air traffic’s impact on air quality in communities near and below Sea-Tac flight paths is far from academic.
Exploring a scientific frontier
Blog entry | April 16, 2019
Joseph Dempsey PhD, Environmental Toxicology Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana Future plans: Continue working on research to improve how we prevent disease and promote well-being.
Our future in the balance
Blog entry | March 14, 2019
The United Nations' most comprehensive report on the global environment since 2012 finds human activities are damaging the environment at a pace that is endangering the "ecological foundations of human society and natural systems."
A global partnership for child health
Blog entry | February 21, 2019
“UW Global Health has had tremendous success conducting research on maternal and child health and infectious diseases in Kenya. Now we have the opportunity to incorporate environmental health and bring these two research communities together.” –Catherine Karr
Public health change-maker
Blog entry | January 22, 2019
David Eaton Professor, UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Proudest achievement: His election to the National Academy of Medicine in 2011. Joined DEOHS faculty: 1979
A deep dive into environmental health
Blog entry | January 14, 2019
Our Environmental Health Seminar series for winter quarter is now under way. Join us Thursdays at 12:30 pm through March 14 to hear from speakers on the latest scientific insights into environmental and workplace health. The series includes 10 lectures by experts from a variety of local and national institutions.
The more you know
Blog entry | December 11, 2018
I recently found leftovers in my fridge that were close to a week old—right on the line between acceptable and sketchy. I performed the tried-and-true smell test, made a judgment and popped them in the microwave. 
A legacy of impact
Blog entry | December 06, 2018
David Kalman, PhD Professor and DEOHS Chair Emeritus Joined DEOHS 1978; served as department chair 1998–2014. Proudest achievement Helping to expand the department.
Meet our new dean
Blog entry | October 25, 2018
We recently invited students to pose questions to Hilary Godwin, who joined the UW School of Public Health (SPH) as our new dean in July. Godwin is also professor in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences.
Health and safety in the real world
Blog entry | October 22, 2018
Growing up in the Middle East, Hamzah El-Himri experienced firsthand what can happen to communities when health and safety regulations are lacking.
Let's talk about wildfire smoke and your health
Blog entry | October 17, 2018
[Reprinted with permission from the new 2018 edition of Northwest Public Health magazine.]  For the past two summers, the western part of the United States has experienced extraordinary wildfire seasons.
Learn from top environmental and occupational health experts
Blog entry | September 25, 2018
On Thursday, Sept. 27, the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) kicks off our fall seminar series featuring a diverse array of speakers sharing the latest science on environmental and workplace health.
A gift for the future
Blog entry | September 24, 2018
We live in an environment that Bruce Fowler calls “chemical-rich.” Our exposure to chemicals found in air pollution, pesticides, lead and other sources begins before we are born and continues throughout our lives. Nearly 1 in 4 global deaths are the result of living or working in an unhealthy environment, according to World Health Organization estimates.
A splash of color in a smoke-choked summer
Blog entry | August 30, 2018
The Pacific Northwest’s “new normal” is starting to feel like old normal in Washington’s Methow Valley. This is the fifth summer in a row that wildfire season has hit the Methow Valley especially hard, causing hazardous smoke conditions that persist for weeks and leaving residents feeling trapped and isolated.