Policy

Are travel bans effective?
Blog entry | February 07, 2020
  Countries including the US are taking dramatic steps to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, with some barring entry to anyone who has recently visited China. But do travel bans work?
Responding now to climate change
Blog entry | January 21, 2020
Many state and local health agencies recognize the threat of climate change but need more resources and clearer, more flexible guidance to reduce its impact on public health, according to a new study from the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).
The odds of death from wildfire smoke
Blog entry | January 09, 2020
Washington is expected to face increasingly smoky summers. A few things you can do to prepare now:
Saving lives and the planet
Blog entry | January 06, 2020
 
Connecting the dots between science and impact
Blog entry | December 16, 2019
Rachel Shaffer doesn't flinch from controversy. As a doctoral student in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, Shaffer is wading into some of the most heated environmental health issues of our time. Her PhD work in environmental toxicology investigates the connections between air pollution and dementia. That's just the beginning.
DEOHS professor named editor of leading environmental health journal
Blog entry | December 15, 2019
As a physician with a passion for science, social justice and patient care, Dr. Joel Kaufman gravitated to public health from his earliest days as a college student pursuing BA and MD degrees in a combined six-year program.
Mapping jet pollution at Sea-Tac Airport
Blog entry | December 03, 2019
Communities underneath and downwind of jets landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are exposed to a type of ultrafine particle pollution that is distinctly associated with aircraft, according to a new University of Washington study that is the first to identify the unique "signature" of aircraft emissions in Washington state.
Sexual harassment in the fields
Blog entry | November 22, 2019
Female farmworkers experience workplace sexual harassment at rates that are two to three times higher than in other sectors, according to recent studies.
Champion of ergonomics
Blog entry | November 21, 2019
After 18 years at the University of Washington, Peter Johnson, professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, will retire in mid-November.
The lifelong health impacts of business as usual
Blog entry | November 14, 2019
Babies born today will face unprecedented health risks and life-long health consequences from rising temperatures, according to new research published Wednesday from The Lancet.
On the ground in disaster's wake
Blog entry | September 26, 2019
  From flood-damaged Houston to fire-ravaged Paradise, CA, Nicole Errett’s research takes her into the heart of communities trying to recover after catastrophe strikes.
Protecting precarious workers
Blog entry | May 16, 2019
DEOHS at the Washington State Legislature UW DEOHS faculty and research will help inform state policy as part of several bills passed by the Washington State Legislature this spring:
Opioids and injured workers
Blog entry | April 17, 2019
Washington is considered a national leader in efforts to reduce prescription drug overdose, thanks in part to changes in opioid prescribing practices championed by Dr. Gary Franklin.
Changing the rules on toxic emissions
Blog entry | January 17, 2019
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to change how it tallies up the costs and benefits of rules limiting mercury emissions—a move two University of Washington experts say would make it harder to protect people from the harmful health effects of air pollution.   
A matter of scientific integrity
Blog entry | December 19, 2018
A group of 15 air pollution experts—including three scientists from the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS)—say recent changes made by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have damaged the quality and credibility of the EPA’s scientific review process for federal clean air standards.
US health threatened by climate change
Blog entry | November 29, 2018
US health care systems should extend their commitment to “do no harm” by ensuring that their own operations are powered by renewable energy, according to a new brief on climate change and health in the United States.
Dirty skies and your health
Blog entry | August 09, 2018
We’re learning more all the time about the health risks of breathing dirty air—and the news is alarming. Michael Yost, DEOHS professor and chair.
Research with real-world impact
Blog entry | May 16, 2018
Research with real-world impact: DEOHS student’s work leads to environmental recommendations to create cleaner waterways.
Standing up for science
Blog entry | May 11, 2018
Lianne Sheppard imagined a career in service to both science and the public good when she joined the UW faculty 24 years ago. She never anticipated that one day, she would have to choose between them.
Meghan McGinty
Faculty Member | March 05, 2020
Dr. Meghan McGinty is passionate about building the capacity of public health and medical systems, as well as our communities to respond, recover and be resilient in the face of disasters She is also deeply committed to ensuring that we have a competent public health workforce.
Stephanie A Farquhar
Faculty Member | November 14, 2019
Dr. Stephanie Ann Farquhar is a Clinical Professor at University of Washington School of Public Health, Department of Health Services & the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. She is a Senior Social Research Scientist at Public Health - Seattle King County Health Department. Dr.
Katherine Sprugel
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Sprugel has worked in preclinical research and development in the biotechnology industry in Seattle for over 25 years, including work at ZymoGenetics, PathoGenesis and Chiron. She is currently a Scientific Director in Toxicology Sciences at Amgen in Seattle, where she works on safety assessments and nonclinical development strategies for drugs in the areas of inflammation and oncology.
Bruce Millies
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Bruce Millies teaches occupational safety and health continuing education courses. He is a former lawyer who practiced environmental law, took a break from the law to earn an MS in environmental health from the University of Washington, and then somehow forgot to return to being a lawyer.
Eyob Mazengia
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Mazengia is a Public Health Scientist specializing in Environmental Public Health, Microbiology and Epidemiology of food and waterborne pathogens.
Bruce Duncan
Faculty Member | October 11, 2019
As Regional Science Liaison to EPA’s Office of Research and Development, I work with senior management in ORD’s Six National Program Offices, which include Human Health Risk Assessment, Chemical Safety for Sustainability (green chemistry, LCA, high throughput, comp tox, AOPs, etc.), Sustainable and Healthy Communities, Air/Climate/Energy, Homeland Security, and Safe and Sustainable Water Resour
Robert Duff
Faculty Member | October 11, 2019
Rob received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1986. Rob's interest's moved from cancer research to toxicology and, in 1993, he received a Master of Science degree from the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Timothy K. Takaro
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Takaro is a physician-scientist trained at the University of Washington, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program. His work is directed primarily toward determining if linkages exist between occupational or environmental exposures and disease and finding public health based preventive solutions where such hazards exist.
Patricia J. Sparks
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
I have 35 years experience in the field of occupational and environmental medicine in state and federal governments, industry, and private medical practice. I have been administrative head of two sections/departments of occupational medicine and have managed a statewide pilot program to model innovative delivery of occupational medicine services.
Michael A. Silverstein
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Michael Silverstein has held a variety of significant positions in the public and private sectors over a 40-year career in workplace safety and health. He recently retired from his post as the Assistant Director for Industrial Safety and Health in the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries after directing the state's OSHA program for ten years. Dr.
Nicholas Reul
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Reul is the Associate Medical Director for Occupational Disease at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. A board-certified occupational and environmental medicine physician, Dr. Reul is committed to working in the public interest to translate known science into effective public health and workers’ compensation policies and guidelines.