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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 22, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

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The mission of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) is to study and elucidate the health effects of exposure to chemical, physical, and biological agents encountered in the workplace or general environment. Intrinsic to this research mission is that fundamental information regarding actions of environmental toxicants will provide insight into basic human biology in health and disease. Accordingly, current research includes fundamental studies on free radical biology and especially oxidative lipidomics and mitochondrial function, genetic basis of susceptibility to injurious agents including gene x environment approaches, cellular and molecular regulation of reparative response to injury including mesenchymal stem cells as modifying biological therapeutic agents, cardiopulmonary toxicology of heavy metals and particulate matter including nanoparticles, molecular carcinogenesis including metabolism of telomeres and DNA damage and repair, genetic and epigenetic contributions to neurodegenerative disease with focus on cholesterol dyshomeostasis and integrated studies in complex disorders such as environmental induced interstitial pulmonary fibrosis. In addition, a focus on exposure science and environmental epidemiology supports efforts into the health effects of air pollution and public health concerns associated with energy procurement including unconventional natural gas development. Translation of these collective efforts in basic and applied research is in part provided by members of EOH active in environmental policy, risk assessment, and community behavioral sciences. These efforts coincide and are coordinated with mentoring and educational programs for PhD, MS and MPH students.

Contact Information

Departmental Chair
Sally Wenzel, MD
4126 PUBHL
130 DeSoto Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
412-624-9345 P
412-624-9361 F

For information on admission or registration, contact Bryanna Snyder at


Course work in mathematics and the physical, chemical, and biological sciences must be documented in the undergraduate transcript. Acceptable undergraduate training includes a bachelor’s degree in the physical, chemical, or biological sciences with a minimum of two courses each in organic chemistry, biology, physics, and calculus.

Applicants for admission must also take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The MPH program also accept MLATS and DATS. If the candidate already has a graduate or professional degree a waiver may be approved by the department. Consistent with Pitt Public Health requirements, students are ordinarily required to have at least a 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) overall undergraduate GPA, and a 3.00 GPA in the basic science courses (chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics).

Financial Assistance

Financial support is available for tuition and stipend for PhD students through a graduate research assistance program from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. Stipends are made available from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, and from individual research laboratories. Although master’s students in the environmental health and/or environmental health risk assessment programs are eligible for support, in general it is expected that tuition and stipends for these students will be derived from external sources.




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