What can I do with my degree?

A master’s degree or doctorate from the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health can lead to a wide variety of careers. Click on these recent OEH alumni to see the rewarding careers they are engaged in.

MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health

Anna Briggs

Evidence-Based Methodologist

Allina Health - Divisions of Applied Research and Health Performance Resources
Minneapolis, MN

A portrait of Anna Briggs, an alumna of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.“After receiving my PhD from the University of Minnesota in Occupational Health Services Research and Policy, I was hired by Allina to draft a process for developing clinical practices guidelines. Currently I’m working with teams from Quality Alignment and Performance Resources to draft Allina's first system-wide policy on implementing evidence-based practices—part of the larger effort of Accountable Care Organizations aiming to improve access and quality of care while reducing the burden of cost.”

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MS in Occupational and Environmental Health (Environmental Health, Environmental Toxicology, or Ergonomics)

Emily Determan

Environmental Health & Safety Leadership Professional

Owens Corning, Fiberglass Reinforcements
Amarillo, TX

A portrait of Emily Determan, an alumna of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.“I’m currently participating in the company’s Leadership Program, so while I work primarily as an EHS Specialist, I’m on a nine-month rotation as an Operations Team Leader and have traveled to facilities in all three of Owens Corning’s businesses—Roofing & Asphalt, Insulation, and Fiberglass Reinforcements.”

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MS in Industrial Hygiene

William Cyrs

Health Scientist

Cardno Chem Risk
San Francisco, CA

A portrait of William Cyrs, an alumnus of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.“The fast-paced environment of toxics litigation keeps me on my feet. And I’ve been happy to be able to draw on my research experience at Iowa and apply it to my current work for a global initiative sponsored by the CEOs of the 11 largest tire manufacturers in the world. My other favorite research topic has been assessing the potential health hazards posed by photovoltaic panels deposited into landfills.”

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PhD in Occupational and Environmental Health (Environmental Health, Environmental Toxicology, or Ergonomics)

Alysha Meyers

Epidemiologist

CDC, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies
Cincinnati, OH

A portrait of Alysha Meyers, an alumna of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.“I’m currently the Project Officer for a four-year study to evaluate a $4 million Workplace Wellness Grant Program administered by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Since I’m interested in using workers’ compensation data to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), I’m also excited to be leading the NIOSH effort to propose external cause codes related to ergonomic hazards. These new ICD-10-CM codes will allow researchers and public health officials to track ergonomics-related MSDs in workers’ compensation and other data.”

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PhD in Industrial Hygiene

Lorenzo Cena

Industrial Hygienist and Health Scientist

NIOSH, Health Effects Laboratory Division,
Exposure Assessment Branch
Morgantown, WV

A portrait of Lorenzo Cena, an alumnus of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.“I’m working with state-of-the-art equipment to perform lab experiments as well as field studies, developing new technologies for exposure assessment. Collaborating with chemists, engineers, toxicologists and biologists, I’m involved in studies of exposure to welding fume nanoparticles, toxicity of carbon nanotubes, exposure to diesel particles, and prevention of cardiovascular disease in workers.”

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PhD in Agricultural Safety & Health

Dwight Ferguson

Safety & Health Manager

West Liberty Foods
West Liberty, IA

A portrait of Dwight Ferguson, an alumnus of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.“It’s my responsibility to review all of the plant’s safety policies and programs for compliance with state laws and industry standards. I also conduct hazard and exposure assessments throughout a 270,000-square-foot plant where 850 employees process turkey, ham, beef and other meat products.”

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