The adverse health impacts of exposure to environmental pollution are the number one public policy issue in New Jersey. The public, private, and academic sectors are all striving to improve the ability to understand our environments and to protect them. Accordingly, the primary goal of this department is to train qualified professionals with expertise in environmental and occupational health. This includes the identification of hazards, the recognition of at-risk populations and the prevention of exposure. Many kinds of toxic agents are encountered both in the community and in the workplace, but there are significant differences in the circumstances and magnitude of exposure and, therefore, on the strategies used for controlling exposure and preventing disease.