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Institute of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Education aims

1. Environmental and health policies

This program focuses on health risk assessment from exposure to the environment. It uses health risk information in policy development and  environmental management and develops strategies to enhance environmental safety and control environmental degradation.




2. Housing and community health

This program focuses on the promotion of health and the prevention of disease in the population by preparing health professionals with leadership skills in environmental health. This program emphasize strategies to establish a healthy community, manage manpower resources, and shape policies in the public sector. The program provides students with positions in diverse environmental health settings, including government, volunteer health organizations, and community-based environmental management organizations.




3. Occupational health and safety

The interests of this program include health and safety regulations and standards and occupational injuries. It studies occupational hazards using the environmental health approach to prevent future occupational injury and illness. It also identifies and evaluates occupational medicines and safety risks in the workplaces and develops and establish programs for protecting workers and avoiding the occurrence of work-related musculoskeletal injuries and disability




4. Water pollution

This program focuses on improving the drinking water quality and safety. It includes the transmission of waterborne diseases, toxicological examinations and water and wastewater treatment strategies. Faculty research interests include survival and proliferation of pathogens in drinking water, microbial interactions with pollutants, pollutant fate and transport in aquatic ecosystems and toxicity of by-products from water treatment. The program also emphasizes design and treatment of water supply systems in the country.




5. Environmental radiation protection

With all of the associated environmental problems, should the nuclear power industry be allowed to continue? If nuclear power is to remain an important energy source in our nation, it is clearly necessary to minimize all exposure to ionizing radiation. The public should be fully informed and allowed to participate in the essential question of risk versus benefit in the evaluation of nuclear power. Beyond this issue, this course also focuses on topics regarding occupational and environmental radiation protection (e.g. risk assessment of exposures to diagnostic and therapeutic x-rays, industrial γ-rays, inhalation and ingestion of radioactive chemicals, indoor radon hazard, radiological appraisal concerning nuclear power). Microwave hazards, cellular phones and other sources of non-ionizing radiation are also studied.




6. Air pollution and lung cancer studies

Air pollution, due to the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, increases the incidence of lung cancer. Fine particles are air pollutants produced by combustion in power plants, refineries, diesel trucks and buses. They can be inhaled deeply and evade the human lung’s natural defense system. This program looks at the relationship between air pollution and health, including aerosols and exposure assessment issues.




7. Food and health studies

Consider food sanitation and safety and food components and their utilization. This field depends upon chemistry, biology, manufacturing and behavioral sciences to form a unique area of study. The program strives to generate knowledge about foods through research and teaching. The program’s goal is to ensure the availability of safe and nutritious food, to improve food manufacturing and to create beneficial and  appealing food with minimal environmental impact.




8. Indoor environmental quality assessment

The policy dilemma posed by indoor air pollution has become increasingly evident as the contributions of indoor air pollution on personal exposure have been described in research conducted during the last two decades. The Clean Air Act requires complex and expensive activities in houses or outdoors, but only addresses selected pollutants from outdoor sources on personal exposure. Concern for public health will require developing policies to make indoor air quality a priority. Thus, the program seeks to assess and improve indoor air quality.




9. Environmental safety health management

Industrial pollutants have been controlled for efficiently, but living standards have become a more pressing issue. Environmental safety and health management has become more and more important with progress in technology and public awareness. Governments, customers and companies must develop projects for systematic management of environmental safety and health. This course provides essential management strategies for the public health.