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.

Upcoming events

The Impact of Sleep on Well-being and Work Quality

May 19, 2022, Webinar

This Grand Rounds session will cover an emerging field of occupational sleep medicine - how high quality sleep impacts our well-being and work quality.

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Update on Post-COVID Syndrome and How to Manage Recovery

Jun 09, 2022, UW Medicine South Lake Union or online

This lecture will provide an update on post-COVID syndrome – what more we have learned and what are best practices for managing cases and their return to work.

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Fast Facts


Annual visits to the OEM Clinic


Professionals trained annually


Peer-reviewed publications and products over the last 5 years


States served in EPA Region X

Our Impact

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

Dr. Catherine Carr demonstrates blowing into a filter while a child blows into a device measuring lung inflammation.

Training future specialists in pediatric environmental health

DEOHS faculty launch fellowship to prepare health care providers for careers in the science of early-life exposures

Kenleigh stands, with a briefcase on his shoulder and a stethoscope around his neck, in front of a red car.

Protecting the health of cannabis workers

DEOHS Occupational & Environmental Medicine resident examines allergy and respiratory symptoms in cannabis cultivators


In the News

Tropical deforestation could boost risk of heat-related deaths
November 18, 2021 | Futurity | Featured: June T. Spector View

Feeling the heat: CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with Dr. June Spector on how we can take better care of our health during extreme heat.
September 14, 2021 | CNN Audio | Featured: June T. Spector View

How extreme heat hits our most vulnerable communities the hardest
September 14, 2021 | CNN | Featured: June T. Spector View

Workers Are Dying Of Heat Outdoors Without Standards To Protect Them
August 17, 2021 | NPR | Featured: June T. Spector View

Washington State adds emergency rules to protect workers from heat and wildfire smoke
August 13, 2021 | National Resources Defense Council | Featured: June T. Spector View