Students testing water quality

welcome to the Department of : Occupational & Environmental Health Sciences

Our faculty prepare students for jobs at industrial facilities with broader cross-disciplinary training in environmental permitting, job hazard assessment and job safety than many other public health programs. Industry contacts tell us they prefer our approach over a narrower specialization of other programs.

Influencing health in the workplace and the environment

Occupational and Environmental Health touches everyone, everywhere. In both developed and developing nations, issues of environmental pollution arise from indoor air quality concerns, water quality, outdoor air and waste products, as well as workplace exposures. Occupational and Environmental Health professionals keep populations safe and healthy, both at home and at work.

Recent News

WVU in the News: COVID elimination or eradication?

On Dec. 31, 2019, the World Health Organization's (WHO) office in China noted a report of cases of "viral pneumonia" on the website of the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission. Earlier that same month, there was another important milestone: at its headquarters in Geneva, the WHO celebrated the 40th anniversary of the confirmation of the eradication of smallpox. As more and more people receive vaccines and with steep declines in the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide, what does the end of this pandemic look like? Will we also win freedom from this virus?