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Ranked in top 5% within the University of Cincinnati in annual grants and contracts.


The Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences is part of the College of Medicine and is housed in a state-of-the-art research facility equipped with the latest technologies in environmental chemistry, aerosol physics, genomics, and molecular genetics. The department offers graduate degrees and medical residencies. Its graduate programs are Environmental Genetics and Molecular Toxicology, environmental and Occupational Hygiene, environmental and occupational medicine, and epidemiology, and biostatistics.

Graduates find careers ranging from the practical, such as occupational medicine and environmental hygiene, to basic research into how genetic and environmental factors affect susceptibility to disease. Our graduates share a common goal: to improve the quality of life by understanding the causes of environmental damage and identifying the effective methods of prevention.

BWC Awards Environmental Health Researchers Grants

Researchers in the Department of Environmental Health have been awarded a $233,614 grant from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) to study the effectiveness of respirators used by firefighters, in terms of how well the seal of face pieces prevent leakage during strenuous activity in the work environment. The project will be a collaborative effort with Sergey Grinshpun, PhD, and Tiina Reponen, PhD, professors in the Center for Health-Related Aerosol Studies, and Jonathan Corey, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

An additional grant for $198,797 has been awarded to Andrew Freeman, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health, to study prescription medication and occupational injuries. The focus of the study is to determine whether workers on medication with cognitive side effects are at a higher risk for injury on the job. Using medication risk profiling software, the research will compile data of nearly 100,000 annual occupational injuries in Ohio, and examine BWC injury and pharmacy claims.


Department of Environmental & Public Health Sciences
Kettering Lab Building
160 Panzeca Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0056
Mail Location: 0056

Phone: 513-558-5701