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.
With this being my first term in the certificate program, I am looking forward to gaining a better understanding of the integration of workplace health promotion and worker safety. Having worked in the field of workplace wellness for the last decade, I’m looking forward to taking the experience of the Total Worker Health program and providing an even greater level of expertise as it related to total health and safety in the workplace.
I have truly enjoyed getting to better understand the impact of Total Worker Health in industries that I am not that familiar with. One project I worked on for a course involved consulting with a company in the construction industry which really opened my eyes to the health and safety risks within the industry and the various approaches to overcome those risks in the workplace.
I was highly interested in the Total Worker Health certificate. Then, the pandemic hit. With so much uncertainty in 2020, I wasn’t sure that I could take on the costs of the program. The financial support of MAP ERC provided me the ability to further my education and knowledge which will also improve my day-to-day work and the impact on our employees.
I’ve looked at health and wellbeing from a holistic standpoint. From air pollution to the weather to biological hazards such as COVID or the flu, the climate has the ability to impact our well-being. By approaching Total Worker Health with climate change in mind, we can seek to collaborate on a broader scale for limiting workplace risk and promoting worker health and safety.