About the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health

Striving to prevent injury and illness resulting from occupational and environmental hazards

The United States and the world face innumerable challenges in the areas of environmental health. These include ensuring clean air and water, healthy food that is free of toxicants, building sustainable communities, and mitigation of greenhouse gases while adapting to climate change. Equally important is ensuring the health and safety of the general public and our workers through injury prevention, health promotion, and striving for total worker health. In OEH, we use an interdisciplinary approach to educate the next generation of public health leaders and conduct research that enables effective outreach and interventions for the citizens of Iowa, the U.S., and the world.

Our MPH students develop skills to identify, prevent, and control environmental factors that can harm human health.

Our MS students develop skills to anticipate, diagnose, assess, and prevent disease and injury in industrial, environmental, and occupational sectors.

Our PhD students develop skills to become leaders in environmental and occupational health research and practice.

Areas of research and engagement in OEH:

  • Exposure and Risk Assessment
  • Public Health Policy
  • Evaluation and Translation
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology

Questions or comments? Contact Dave Asa. This page was last reviewed on January 14, 2021.