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Group Introduction

Group I:Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Health

Occupational Hygiene:

Occupational hygiene is primarily concerned with the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of occupational hazards that arise as a result of or during work. We concentrate on training graduate students to know both the fundamental concepts and practical skills used in the occupational hygiene field, including environmental monitoring, exposure and health risk assessment, occupational heath hazard control and occupational health management. After graduation, students will be able to conduct research works in the occupational hygiene field and serve as an occupational hygienist to help industries to manage and improve their work environments.

Environmental Health:

Environmental health concerns with all aspects of the natural and built environment affecting human health. Objectives are particularly set to manage the fundamental theories and environmental monitoring skills required in the field of exposure assessment for general environments, including sampling strategy, sampling instrumentation, analytical technology, and data analysis methodology. The topics regarding data reporting, interpretation, limitation, and the QA/QC system of exposure assessment will be intensively addressed in this area of education.

Group II:Environmental Toxicology and Chemical Analysis

The training program will provide students with a solid understanding towards to the basic principles of environmental toxicology, interpretation of toxicological data, and associated risk assessment, as well as modern instrumental techniques for chemical analysis of hazardous materials.

In addition, understanding the analytical principal and science-based carcinogenetic mechanisms of certain environmental carcinogens are necessary. For the toxic substance and concerned-chemicals, students should have fundamental information and skills to conduct their hazard assessment. Furthermore, all the background knowledge for future acquiring the certificated-toxicologist are provided.

Group III:Epidemiology

The Division of Epidemiology has a large, diverse program of graduate studies leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. In addition to the required course of Biostatistics, the M.S. degree requires the satisfactory completion of the three of the four courses among the Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Health, Environmental Toxicology, Epidemiology, and Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Medicine. The Ph.D. degree has no explicitly required courses. However, required M.S. courses are normally taken by Ph.D. students as preparation for the Ph.D. qualifying examination and for subsequent doctoral research.

Division faculty work on a wide range of inter-disciplinary research and important problems, alphabetically from A to Z, including Environmental and Occupational Medicine/Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology and Statistical Genetics, Nanotoxicology, Molecular Epidemiology and Toxicology, Occupational Health Service Practice, Spatial/Temporal Statistics. Most research projects involve collaborations with faculty in other disciplines.

Group IV:Environmental and Occupational Medicine

The curriculum of this division aims to train Occupational Medicine specialists. The training includes diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of environmental and occupational diseases and injuries; investigation and research of health hazards in the living and occupational environments; and planning and execution of health promotion activities targeting at environmental and occupational hazards.