We study the impact of our surroundings, both natural and built, on health.
The field of environmental and occupational health covers everything from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the injuries and mental health challenges we may face at work. We strive to improve health by promoting practices and policies that reduce harmful exposures and protect vulnerable populations. From improving worker health and safety, to promoting healthy housing, to creating new tools to monitor air and water quality, we work to make our homes, our workplaces, and our communities healthier places for all.
A graduate degree in environmental & occupational health prepares you to think critically about complex challenges and to design solutions that improve public health. When you leave one of our programs, you’ll be ready to address emerging environmental and workplace issues in a way that builds on science while prioritizing real people. Our graduates work in environmental health and safety, emergency management, environmental epidemiology, and workplace safety and health in private, nonprofit, and government organizations.
This October, the Center for Health, Work & Environment proudly co-hosted the 3rd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health® with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The Symposium was held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campus in Bethesda, MD, and virtually.
The four-day conference brought together students, industry professionals, researchers, and academics from diverse backgrounds and workplaces, united in their pursuit of improving health, safety and well-being for the global workforce.
A total of 456 people attended representing 18 countries and 41 U.S. states, participating in pre-conference workshops, keynote presentations, breakout presentations, and networking. There was a palpable excitement among attendees to connect, collaborate, and convene.
John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA, Director of NIOSH and Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, Appointed Centers of Disease Control (CDC) Director
Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, U.S. Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human
Douglas L. Parker, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
Saru Jayarmen, President of One Fair Wage and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley
Earl Dotter, Photojournalist and Visiting Scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health
Karina Neilsen, PhD, Institute of Work Psychology at the Sheffield University Management School
The full list of award winners are:
Cortney Cuff, MBA
Liz Hill, MPH, CIH, CSP
Sara Tamers, PhD
Lili Tenney, DrPH, MPH
Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH
Laura Punnett, ScD
Steven Sauter, PhD
Glorian Sorensen, PhD
Our team was also foundational in launching the Society for Total Worker Health™ which held it inaugural meeting at the Symposium. We look forward to the future impacts this symposium’s content and attendees will have on TWH education, research, and practice, and we eagerly await the 4th Symposium.
To view more recaps and responses to the event, follow #TWHSymposium on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Written by Laura Veith, communications and media program manager for the Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health.