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Dedication to Environmental Sciences in Health

Rapid and extensive economic and industrial development during the past few decades has been increasingly contributing to a growing deleterious environment worldwide. The department is dedicated to providing quality graduate education and performing cutting edge research in environmental and occupational health science, which addresses important human health problems concerning the natural and built environment and diverse occupations.

Established in 1987, the department offers diverse programs of graduate studies leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The department is structured into 4 distinct divisions: Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Health, Environmental Toxicology and Chemical Analysis, Epidemiology, and Environmental and Occupational Medicine. Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Health focuses on identifying potential hazardous exposure in the environment and workplace, analyzing chemical components, assessing the effects on health-related indices, and initiating control strategies. Environmental Toxicology and Chemical Analysis division aims at investigating cellular and molecular mechanisms, underlying individual’s susceptibility to toxic agents and carcinogenesis. Epidemiology division works on Environmental and Occupational Medicine/Epidemiology, Statistical Genetics, Nanotoxicology, Molecular Epidemiology/Toxicology, Occupational Health Service Practice, Spatial/Temporal Statistics. The Environmental and Occupational Medicine division concentrates on introducing the basics, evaluation, treatment, and prevention of occupational diseases, such as occupational lung, skin, neurological, musculoskeletal, nepotistic, reproductive, liver, renal, and cardiac disorders.

Our faculty actively collaborate with investigators in other disciplines and interact closely with governments and industries. We strive to contribute profound scientific research and to react to illness arising from environmental exposure and toxicants. With a greater scientific understanding of the human health risks posed by risk components, we can ultimately provide valuable inferences for preventive medicine and clinical management.

Educational Goals

  • Understand the relationship between environmental factors and health.
  • Evaluate the potential hazards of natural environments, man-made hazardous materials, and social/cultural environments to human health.
  • Study the pathogenesis of environmental and propose prevention methods and strategies.
  • Educate environmental medicine and occupational health professionals.

Core Abilities

  • The ability to solve environmental issues and take care of workers and the general public
  • Recognition and evaluation skills
  • Reasoning and control skills
  • Analysis and writing skills
  • Planning skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Life-long learning attitude


  • Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Health
  • Environmental Toxicology and Chemical Analysis
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental and Occupational Medicine