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About the Department

Environmental & Occupational Health

The Department of Environmental & Occupational Health in the Colorado School of Public Health focuses on decreasing and preventing environmental and occupational health hazards through education, research and service. Our programs prepare students to combat the effects of environmental contaminants on human health, the impacts of human activity on the environment and workplace exposures that impact employee wellbeing.

From air pollution and hazardous waste to risk assessment and injury prevention, the Department offers courses and curriculum to meet students’ diverse environmental and occupational interests.  The Department offers a Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health at both the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Colorado State University (CSU).  The Department also supports the Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency Program.

Currently, the Department faculty are involved with the Colorado Injury Control Research Center, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center and High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health & Safety.

Meet the Chair:

Dr. John Adgate, PhD, the chair to the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health.

Dr. Adgate's research focuses on improving exposure assessment in epidemiologic studies – studying the factors that affect the health and illness of entire populations – by documenting the magnitude and variability of human exposure to air pollutants, pesticides, metals and allergens.  Some of his research projects have included evaluating methods that might help to reduce lead poisoning in the home, outcomes of long-term exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollutants, and a controlled trial to test an allergen reduction intervention in inner city residences.  

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