Student Experience

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Brianna Willis

Master of Public Health, One Health


Landstuhl, Germany

Future plans

A policy-focused career at an international health organization

At age 10, Brianna Willis knew with absolute conviction that she wanted to be a veterinarian.

At age 20—just months before Willis would graduate with a BS in animal science—doubt began to creep in.

The more you know

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. 

The broccoli tasted fine, the rice was a little dry. All was going well until my mind wandered to a recent lecture on foodborne pathogens in my environmental microbiology course.

Health and safety in the real world

Growing up in the Middle East, Hamzah El-Himri experienced firsthand what can happen to communities when health and safety regulations are lacking.

“I grew up hearing stories about extremely hazardous work environments, where people I knew died from workplace accidents,” said El-Himri, a 2015 BS graduate of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).

Innovation on tap

Nearly 100 students, faculty and staff in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) got a crash course in community-based research this week during our fall kick-off event featuring research partnerships from every corner of Washington state.

Learning beyond the classroom

From Washington’s swim beaches to Amazon’s Fulfillment Centers, students from the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) are getting an up-close look at their future careers as health and safety professionals this summer.

Nearly 40 DEOHS students are working as summer interns across the US. Their workplaces include state government agencies, county health departments, private companies and nonprofit organizations.

Honoring an inspirational leader

A UW climate-change researcher dedicated to her students’ success was selected as the 2018 outstanding faculty mentor by students in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).

Lecturer Tania Busch Isaksen was honored this month with the coveted award, which is given annually by members of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee. She is also a clinical assistant professor in the UW Department of Health Services. 

Celebrating our 2018 graduates

We’re proud of the 48 students in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) who graduated this weekend! We can’t wait to see what our graduates will do next.

Enjoy this selection of photos from Friday’s DEOHS ceremony at Foege Hall and from Sunday’s School of Public Health celebration at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the UW campus.