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 School of Public Health takes over workplace health major as scope of occupational health hazards broadens to include infectious diseases

As COVID-19 and its variants continue to spread throughout the country, workplace safety has taken on a new meaning. West Virginia University’s Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene, newly moved to the WVU School of Public Health, is designed to help students address modern day occupational health issues as they gain the ability to anticipate, evaluate and control occupational health hazards.