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Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology



Introduction to the Program

Bruce Alexander, PhD – Program Director
Dr. Jeffery Mandel, MD, MPH and Dr. Richard MacLehose, PhD – Co-Directors

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology (OEE) training program provides support for training in the epidemiology of occupational diseases related to the working or natural environment. The purpose of the OEE is to provide doctoral-level training to the next generation of public health scientists in academia, governmental agencies, private industry, and non-governmental organizations who will address emerging and re-emerging occupational health problems of working people in the United States and globally, and master's level training to individuals who will practice in the occupational safety and health arena. Graduates of the program will have the knowledge and skills needed to identify the causes of occupational related diseases, and how to improve the overall health of working populations.

The specific objectives of the program are to:

  • ·  Provide an academic curriculum to develop a strong methodological foundation for epidemiologic research in working populations, including an understanding of modern epidemiologic theory, applied epidemiologic methods, and advanced statistical methods for analysis.
  • ·  Provide a framework to integrate the fundamentals of the methods of epidemiology, both theoretical and applied, to the study of working populations and the work environment and to incorporate environmental systems concepts such as the exposome and metabolome into epidemiologic research.
  • ·  Provide opportunities to develop scientific research capability, including hypothesis development, study design, data collection and analysis, interpretation, and communication.
  • ·  Develop critical thinking skills and an understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of occupational and environmental epidemiology and the importance of incorporating other disciplines into their work.
  • ·  Create a sustainable and diverse training program with mechanisms for continuous improvement.

The doctoral training program will allow students to enroll in either the Division of Environmental Health Sciences or the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. The masters level training will be within the Division of Environmental Health Sciences.


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