Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) at the University of Washington (UW) is a joint program between the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (School of Public Health), the Department of Medicine and the Division of General Internal Medicine (School of Medicine).

The goal of UW OEM is to use evidence-based clinical approaches, cutting-edge research and interdisciplinary training to address regional and emerging occupational and environmental medicine needs.

Our OEM Clinic at Harborview Medical Center has served the occupational medicine needs of the state of Washington and the region since 1981. The clinic works with patients, labor, employers, community groups and others to prevent, diagnose and treat injuries and diseases caused or aggravated by work or community environmental exposures.

Clinic funding comes from Harborview, the state of Washington through Medical Aid and Accident Funds and other sources.


Now hiring: Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program Director

Associate or Full Professor without tenure, General Internal Medicine

The University of Washington (UW) Department of Medicine (DoM), Division of General Internal Medicine (GIM) is seeking applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) faculty position based in the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program (OEM), based at Harborview Medical Center (HMC). The selected applicant will serve as the Program Director for OEM, a joint activity of the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine (SoM) and the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences in the School of Public Health (DEOHS/SPH). This position will be at the Associate Professor or full Professor rank (without tenure due to funding). Salary and academic appointment at University of Washington will be commensurate with experience, qualifications, and academic rank.

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Fast Facts


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States served in EPA Region X


Our Impact

Alawode sits in an office in a clinic with a tapestry behind him.

How occupational medicine physicians support workers

Dr. Christopher Alawode, DEOHS MPH student in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, helps workers stay healthy

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Seal pups and safety

Visiting a marine mammal hospital, grad student trainees from Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety gather workplace health insights

Portrait of Inna Antonchuk looking at camera, wearing a gold pendant necklace with the letter V.

Ensuring respiratory health in long-term care

DEOHS MPH student Inna Antonchuk works with Washington State Department of Health to support occupational health nursing outreach for assisted living


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