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Today, environmental factors account for over 25% of the death and disease burden worldwide.


Environmental and workforce health directly influence population health and the vitality of our communities. Without a healthy environment or workforce and communities suffer. Coupled with escalating challenges associated with climate change, we need a strong and diverse public health workforce to identify sustainable solutions.

A degree in EOHS will give you the knowledge and skills to take action and tackle climate change and complex environmental risks in workplaces, communities, and around the world.

  • Climate Change

    Climate change has resulted in rising global temperatures, changing weather patterns, and severe environmental consequences, necessitating urgent action to mitigate its impacts and safeguard the public’s health.

  • Environmental justice

    Environmental justice is based on the principle that all people should be protected from environmental pollution and have the right to a clean and healthy environment.

  • Worker justice

    Worker justice encompasses advocacy for equitable treatment, fair wages, safe working conditions, and protection from hazards to ensure the well-being and rights of workers within the context of environmental sustainability.

At UIC’s Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS),  students learn to protect workers and communities from environmental hazards in the air, water, soil, and food. Students learn how to anticipate, identify, and assess these hazards; recommend and evaluate measures to reduce exposure to the hazard; and implement and evaluate programs designed to protect and promote health equity and environmental justice. EOHS prepares students for careers in:

  • Environmental justice, climate change, and sustainability
  • Worker health, safety, and advocacy
  • Hazard identification and risk management
  • Exposure science and much more!

The UIC School of Public Health is the only CEPH-accredited school of public health in Illinois, and the division features the ANSAC-ABET-accredited Industrial Hygiene concentration toward Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) credentials. EOHS also offers funded student traineeships through the Great Lakes Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

Quick guide to Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

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