PhD in Occupational & Environmental Health Sciences

The PhD in Public Health Sciences in Occupational and Environmental Health is a degree for scientist-practitioners in the area of prevention of premature mortality, morbidity and disability resulting from occupational and environmental exposures, communicable and chronic disease, and injury. This degree emphasizes both evidence-based primary prevention of disease and injury, as well as health promotion research and practice. Students completing this degree will have the necessary theoretical knowledge and critical understanding of occupational and environmental health problems, including analytical and methodological research skills, to investigate, evaluate and find solutions to public health challenges.

The Department of Occupational and Environmental Sciences has a close collaboration with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which shares our Health Sciences campus in Morgantown. Collaborating NIOSH faculty add important enrichment and mentorship potential for the interested student.