Faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) have a fundamental interest in the health and safety of rural people, currently realized in areas of investigation such as:
- Musculoskeletal disorders of farm, factory, and office workers
- Measurement of biotoxins in the environment
- Health effects of bioaerosols on farmers and other workers
- Metabolism of PCB’s
- Control measures for occupational exposures
- Strategies to prevent injuries at work and in the community.
We engage in research, education, and outreach activities across Iowa, throughout Federal Region VII ( Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri), and in countries of Central Europe and West Africa.
The Department is housed in a well-equipped, recently renovated research facility on the Oakdale campus about 5 miles northwest of the main campus. A free bus service connects the University’s Oakdale and main campuses.
With tuition and stipend support, students in OEH are working toward:
- master’s or doctoral degrees in occupational and environmental health
- master’s or doctoral degrees specializing in industrial hygiene
- master of public health degrees in occupational and environmental health, and
- master of public health degrees specializing in ergonomics