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.
The pride of the Mountain & Plains Education and
Research Center is the real world experiences
we offer students through hands-on training and
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We help meet the occupational health needs of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, and Wyoming by educating the future occupational health and safety workforce, developing partnerships, and funding pilot research.
We create opportunities for graduate and post-graduate trainees to learn from accomplished faculty and other trainees in five different occupational health and safety disciplines and Total Worker Health®. The pride of the MAP ERC is the hands-on, real world experiences we offer students through training and site-visits. Our passionate and veteran program directors use their professional networks to ensure that students have a diverse and rich educational experience.
Last week, trainees from our Health Physics program, led by the infamous Tom Johnson, PhD, had a private tour of the USGS TRIGA® Reactor in Lakewood, CO. The USGS TRIGA reactor has been in operation since the late 1960s in support of nuclear–based research for the USGS and a number of universities across the nation. Trainees discussed and explored radiation methods and reactor design, as well as safety and health procedures in place at the reactor site.
Thank you to Dr. Johnson and the USGS staff for this unique and valuable opportunity.