Why choose UW DEOHS for grad school?

February 25, 2020 | Jolayne Houtz
A group of students walk and bike around a fountain with a view of a snow-covered mountain in the distance.

From tuition breaks to personalized career counseling, here are six reasons why our department is great for graduate students

Fountain to mountain: Mount Rainier is visible as students walk and bike past UW's Drumheller Fountain. Photo: UW/Doug Plummer. 

Where else but Seattle could you bike to campus while sipping coffee from your handlebar-mounted cup holder, enjoying sweeping views of Mount Rainier between classes?

And where else but the University of Washington Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) could you pursue research alongside community collaborators and get one-on-one mentoring from internationally recognized faculty?

DEOHS is ranked #5 among the world’s universities for our environmental and occupational health program. We combine leading-edge science with hands-on training to create the next generation of scientist-leaders in environmental and workplace health and safety.

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Six reasons to choose DEOHS for your graduate education:

1. Be part of a top-ranked research university—in a department where everyone knows your name.

In our department—part of the UW School of Public Health—students receive personalized attention, small classes and one-on-one mentorship from our internationally recognized faculty. All this while enjoying the opportunities and amenities of one of the world’s preeminent public universities with annual research funding of $1.3 billion.

2. Pay in-state tuition.

If you live in one of 16 Western states, you’ll pay the same as a Washington state resident if you pursue an MS or PhD degree at DEOHS. That’s thanks to WICHE, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

Other funding opportunities unique to DEOHS include:

3. Graduate job-ready.

DEOHS has a dedicated career and internship adviser who provides internship support and individual career counseling to connect students with job opportunities.

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Many DEOHS master’s students receive hundreds of hours of practical work experience through internships at the local, state and national levels, and 97 percent of supervisors say they would hire their DEOHS student-intern again.

Our graduates work at Amazon, Boeing, Google, the US Public Health Service, federal and state governments, local health departments and other top employers.

4. Get involved in cutting-edge research.

DEOHS is home to innovative research centers that include the Center for One Health Research, the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center and the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

Our cross-disciplinary faculty are trained as chemists, engineers, epidemiologists, exposure scientists, industrial hygienists, microbiologists, physicians, toxicologists and other public health scientists.

With 75-plus research projects and centers and more than $22 million in annual research funding and training, our scientific discoveries reach people most at risk for adverse health outcomes, including children, the elderly, low-income communities and people of color.

5. Collaborate with faculty and partners across the UW and the Pacific Northwest.

Our focus on community-engaged research makes us stand out. We partner with community groups, employers, farmworkers, government agencies, policymakers and many others across the region.

Together, we research some of the most urgent health challenges facing today’s workers and families—from protecting gig and cannabis workers to investigating the health impacts of wildfire smoke, climate change and natural disasters.

timothy-eberly-WlPhOC-qpKg-unsplash.pngIn 2020, we will move to the new Rosling Center for Population Health on the beautiful UW campus alongside our public health colleagues. You will work in state-of-the-art labs and through hands-on field experiences to make a measurable impact on people’s lives.

6. Enjoy urban living surrounded by nature’s beauty.

Love the outdoors? Mountain hiking, forested walks, miles of bike trails and beautiful Puget Sound await.

Enjoy city life? Seattle’s diverse neighborhoods, professional sports teams, farmers’ markets and cultural opportunities are minutes from campus.