This PhD in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene degree trains scientists and professionals to recognize, evaluate, and prevent exposures that may increase the risk of disease or injury. Our doctoral students work with faculty members to research a variety of health problems and identify, quantify, reduce, or eliminate hazards on the job and in communities. The curriculum includes courses in the supporting sciences of biostatistics and epidemiology, as well as foundational courses in exposure science and risk assessment. Additional courses provide in-depth training the environmental chemistry of pollution and exposure monitoring methods. Research topics include biological, chemical, and physical hazard assessment and controls; respiratory, reproductive, and chronic diseases; epidemiology of occupational and environmental cancers; bio-monitoring and medical surveillance; and occupational or environmental health policy. Students gain a comprehensive knowledge of health and safety principles, strong technical skills, and practical experience.
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Career paths of recent graduates
Graduates find careers in a range of private, public and academic positions, which include consulting firms; state and federal health and environmental regulatory agencies; product safety evaluation organizations; chemical, consumer products, pharmaceutical industries; and major universities. Recent graduates from this degree option are currently working as:
- A Senior Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Technical Adviser with the US Agency for International Development(USAID) (Class of 2014)
- A Senior Industrial Hygienist with Veritox, a toxicology and industrial hygiene consulting firm (Class of 2016)
- A Quantitative Health Risk Analysis Consultant at EpiX Analytics, a consulting company specializing in risk analysis and statistical consulting (Class of 2016)