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Occupational and Environmental Health

The environment encompasses not only the natural surroundings - the air, the water, the plants and animals used for food - but also shelter, modes of transportation and all other products of technology, including pollutants and waste materials; all of which interact to affect health. Environmental considerations become increasingly important during these times of changing emphasis in the fields of energy, economics, and technology.

The objective of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health is to unite in an interdisciplinary training and research program, persons grounded in natural, physical, and health sciences in order to develop an understanding of human response to the environment as well as the response of the environment to the activities of humans. Toward this end, the department has developed flexible and diversified programs of graduate study, field training, and basic and applied research to accommodate students with a wide range of academic and occupational backgrounds. Most courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening format, for the convenience of practicing professionals. The graduate programs in occupational medicine for physicians and occupational health for physician assistants are broad-based and designed to assume a responsible role in the care and management of occupationally-related diseases and injuries, and in the health maintenance of workers in the occupational environment.

ABET Industrial Hygiene Program Accreditation

The Department of Occupational and Environmental Health has been recognized as a national leader in industrial hygiene education. The Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC) of ABET has accredited the Master of Science (MS) in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Health Sciences. ABET accreditation is the only program accreditation recognized by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, and is the hallmark of excellence for industrial hygiene education. The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is one of only twenty-two universities nationwide with an accredited graduate industrial hygiene program.