Environmental and Occupational Health Science
The Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) is one of four academic units of the School of Public Health. EOHS teaches students how to protect people from environmental hazards in the air, water, soil, and food; they also learn about chemical, physical, biological, and psychosocial hazards in the workplace. EOHS degree candidates will learn how to: (i) anticipate, identify and assess these hazards, (ii) recommend and evaluate measures to reduce exposure, and (iii) implement and evaluate programs designed to protect and promote health.
In EOHS, students can specialize in any of the following areas: water quality, air pollution, environmental chemistry, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, hazardous substances management, toxicology, occupational safety, environmental epidemiology, and policy. More detailed information can be found on our specialized studies page.
Dr. Linda Forst's primary research focus is on workers compensation, injury and illness surveillance, and disparities in occupational health. Dr. Forst is board certified in Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine, and maintains a clinical practice. She teaches online and in the classroom. As Division Director, she is committed to supporting a rich intellectual community that fosters student development and research to positively impact the public’s health.
Degrees and Certificates
EOHS provides a comprehensive education, exposing students to the latest policies, practices, and research in environmental and occupational health and safety. Our diverse, multidisciplinary faculty make possible a full spectrum of degrees. Ongoing partnerships with medical and business schools allow us to offer joint degrees. Along with the UIC College of Business Administration and College of Engineering, we also award certificates for working professionals looking to gain experience in emergency/disaster management and continuity planning.
Illinios Education and Research Center
The Illinois Education and Research Center (ERC) partners with EOHS to provide a high quality education to all students in the department. Funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Illinois ERC sponsors seminars and field experiences where students in different areas of health and safety collaborate. We provide continuing education and maintain relationships with practicing professionals. The Illinois ERC also provides financial support for students, faculty, and research. Visit our research page to learn more about this organization.