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Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Justice

About Us

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Justice focuses on environmental and occupational health, occupational safety, and environmental sciences, as well as other areas like sustainability and occupational and environmental medicine through its research, educational programs, and community engagement activities.

Environmental and occupational health justice are critical to ensuring public health. The department prepares individuals to effectively identify, manage, and develop solutions to manage safety and health hazards in various settings and industries like manufacturing, construction, and government service.The department is committed to addressing the adverse health impacts of exposure to environmental pollution in New Jersey and around the world through convening public, private, and academic sectors are all striving to improve the ability to understand our environments and to protect them.

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Our Faculty 

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Justice undertake critically important research and work in areas like:

  • Environmental effects on human health and human immunity
  • Short-term and long-term exposure to ambient and indoor air pollution and fuel additives on human immunity
  • Impact of genetic factors on an individual's susceptibility to environmental diseases
  • Exposure and risk assessment on chemical and non-chemical stressors
  • Climate change related exposure and health effects
  • Personal exposure to ambient and indoor air pollutants
  • Environmental epidemiology and human exposure assessment field studies
  • Indoor air and environmental quality in schools, homes, and day care
  • Urban outdoor air quality
  • Children's environmental health

In addition to our department's primary faculty members, we also have individuals from across the university and partner organizations who hold secondary faculty appointments within our department. You can find a list of our secondary faculty here. 

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Our Alumni

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Justice graduates work in a wide variety of organizations, like state and federal agencies, health care facilities, pharmaceutical firms, consulting firms, and others. Our alumni can be found at:

  • Bayer Health Pharmaceuticals
  • CDC
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Colorado School of Public Health
  • DePuy Inc.
  • ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences
  • Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • NJ Department of Environmental Protection
  • NJ Department of Health
  • NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Pfizer
  • Schering Plough
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Jennifer, MPH ’11

“The MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health allowed me to gain academic and professional experience, make contacts with professionals in diverse fields and refine my future career interests. I was able to connect my undergraduate biology education to broader real-world public health issues.”

Jennifer, MPH ’11

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Kefei, MPH '22

Kefei, an international student, has always been passionate about public health. As a recent graduate, Kefei's future work will focus on promoting workers' health and protecting workers from work-related illness and injury.

"The School's courses provide a comprehensive education for students to promote better health and prevent diseases for the overall population. I like how the School is devoted to advancing wellbeing and public health, and encouraging students to engage in promoting health."

Kefei, MPH '22


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