Welcome to the Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) Division! This Division represents a long-standing tradition (25 years) of research, training and practice in occupational and environmental health at the University of British Columbia.
This is an exciting time for a career in occupational and environmental health with increasing awareness of the impact of work and community environments and exposures on population-level health outcomes. Three program options are available to students (information below) – all options include required population/public health courses, specialized occupational and environmental health courses, as well as the flexibility to explore other courses to meet student interests and training needs. Our graduates have a successful record of working in diverse occupational and environmental careers spanning industry, government and research organizations (please visit our Careers and Alumni pages).
Our Division encompasses faculty, research staff and trainees with expertise and experience investigating current and emerging environmental and occupational health challenges, including the health impacts of indoor air quality, occupational cancer epidemiology, exposure assessment methods and models, occupational health and safety in health care (protection from blood-borne and air-borne exposures), chemical and biological hazard control, bio-aerosol exposures in work and community environments, health impacts of transportation-related and biomass air pollution, occupational noise and hearing conservation programs, non-auditory health effects of noise, occupational health in low and middle income countries, neighborhood walkability and health outcomes, health and environmental impacts of alternative transportation and land development, surveillance methods for environmental health (temperature-related mortality, radon-related lung cancer, forest fire smoke), industrial and environmental acoustics, acoustical design of ‘green’ buildings; cycling in cities, environmental determinants of health, social determinants of occupational health, and evaluation of workers’ compensation policies and programs.
Our Division also includes other learning opportunities, such as occupational and environmental health seminars, continuing education courses and occupational and environmental health laboratory services.
The Occupational and Environmental Health Division is passionate about making work and community environments safer and healthier places, and our students and alumni play an important role in generating research evidence and developing controls, programs and policies to address occupational and environmental health challenges. Please contact me to discuss training opportunities and a career in occupational and environmental health.