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About the Department

The focus of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences is on regional, state and global environmental issues affecting our community, the nation and the world.  Through community-oriented education and research, faculty members strive to understand, impact and improve the health of the public.  As the world changes, emergent themes in environmental health research have created new areas of focus, including how to improve the health of susceptible populations. 

Research conducted in the department includes:

  • health effects of air pollution
  • asthma
  • airborne particulates and hazardous chemicals
  • environmental justice
  • environmental stress
  • environmental health effects
  • environmental health education in schools
  • asthma absenteeism in the schools
  • protecting the health of workers
  • health effects of nanoparticles 
  • mechanisms of lung injury and inflammation
  • G protein signaling
  • sensory nerves and inflammation
  • nerve growth factor and airway disease
  • Water contaminants
  • protein post-translational modifications
  • Plasma biomarkers of neurodegeneration and neurotoxicity

Other susceptible populations include children, the elderly, disabled and underserved minority communities.

The School of Public Health and Information Sciences offers MPH and PhD degrees with a concentration in environmental health. 

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences is chaired by David J. Tollerud, MD, MPH, Distinguished University Scholar and Professor.

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