Department of Environmental & Occupational Health
In the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health (EOH) at the College for Public Health & Social Justice, we are committed to improving global health and eliminating health disparities through our teaching, research and service.
Studying environmental and occupational health prepares students to gather and then interpret information on exposures from biological, chemical, and physical agents for determination and control of risks to human health. Human health hazards exist in homes, at work, and in communities.
The diverse backgrounds and interests of our students provide a rich learning environment, and we teach science as a "team sport" with many opportunities for students to demonstrate leadership skills. Small classes give our students opportunities to contribute to the learning environment, and our faculty act as mentors and catalysts for learning in addition to their teaching roles.
Students who graduate with this degree are well prepared for professional roles in environmental consulting, corporate industrial hygiene and safety, product stewardship, research, and policy. Many of our graduates work at the CDC, NIOSH, EPA, and at state and local health departments. Other students choose to pursue further graduate study in toxicology, industrial hygiene, or medicine.
In addition to its academic programs, our department has three units where students can learn or serve: the Institute for Biosecurity, the Center for Environmental Education & Training, and the Environmental Health Research Laboratory. All of these units work together to address hazards in St. Louis, as well as nationally and around the world.
Faculty and Research
Students will be taught by professionals with many years of experience in the field. Our faculty members are trained and certified in industrial hygiene, occupational safety, toxicology, hazardous materials, environmental health, and epidemiology. Additionally, the research track record of our faculty puts our department on the cutting edge of Environmental and Occupational Health.
Our department offers a wide variety of research opportunities for students in a number of fields, including occupational safety and health, aerosols, bioaerosols, lead, asthma, global health, water filtration, chemosensors, community environmental studies, and geographic information systems.
Students are given the opportunity to find internships designed specifically to fit their career aspirations.
What research is our faculty working on now?
Some of our faculty conduct research by working with partners in our own backyard, like St. Louis County. Drs. Zelicoff and Rebmann work to improve pertussis vaccination among adults by working with the St. Louis County Department of Health.
One of our newest faculty members, Dr. Carole Baskin, has conducted research in animals to understand the immune response to influenza.
Dr. Fernando Serrano continues to receive national and international recognition for determining children's exposure to lead in mining communities in Peru.
Dr. Kee Hean Ong has done research to identify the best ways to control mold and other allergens in our homes while Dr. Brett Emo has conducted research that will help us rapidly detect lead in dust, crucial to controlling lead exposure at home and at work.
Mission and Service
Students are prepared to understand the theory and practice for addressing health hazards both in the context of modern and developing countries. The Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, as well as the entire college, is committed to improving global health and eliminating health disparities, in keeping with Saint Louis University's Jesuit mission of social justice.