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Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences


EOHS Overview

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. Students 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: environmental and occupational health, industrial hygiene, occupational and environmental epidemiology, occupational medicine, occupational safety, and water quality and health. More detailed information can be found on our concentration page.


Lee FriedmanDr. Lee Friedman, Associate Professor, has been named interim director of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the UIC School of Public Health. A graduate of the doctoral program, Dr. Friedman is an environmental and occupational epidemiologist with a focus on injury epidemiology. Dr. Friedman's primary research interests are Injury Epidemiology; Occupational Injury; Violence Across the Lifespan; Alcohol and Injury; Road Injury Prevention; Non-Ionizing Radiation; Community Health; Conflicts of Interest in Biomedical Research.


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. 

Illinois 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. To learn more about the Illinois ERC and its activities please visit the organizational website

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