Message from the Director

Welcome to the Occupational and Environmental Hygiene program!

The first question most people ask is … what IS occupational and environmental hygiene, anyway? Hygiene (from the name of the Greek goddess of health, Hygeia) is the systematic study of the recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards in the workplace (occupational) or community (environmental) setting. Hazards may come from chemicals, or physical agents such as radiation or noise, or biological substances such as allergens or fungi. In order to recognize a hazard, a hygienist uses knowledge of toxicology and epidemiology; to evaluate an exposure, engineering principles inform measurements of concentration, with the ultimate goal of controlling or eliminating the hazard.

We offer post graduate training leading to a degree of MSc OEH. Our alumni have opportunities to develop careers in industry, government, health care, policy making, compliance enforcement, and research. We accept students from a wide range of backgrounds (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, environmental science, psychology). Our faculty members are all internationally recognized in their research fields, and our class sizes are small to allow substantive training in academic and applied skills. We are an enthusiastic group, because we know that our students and alumni will be leaders in protecting population health of young and old, Canadian and world citizens alike!

Karen

Dr Karen Bartlett
MSc OEH Program Director, and Professor
BA UVic, MSc UBC, PhD UBC