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The academic home of IRARC is the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) at the University of Washington. The School is ranked among the top five schools of public health in the US. The University of Washington is one of the leading research universities in the nation, receiving more federal research and development dollars than any other public university. The 730 acre Seattle campus lies on the shores of Lake Washington and Lake Union, just minutes from the city's bustling downtown area.

Graduate Programs with Risk Emphasis

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences offers M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in toxicology, environmental health, and exposure sciences. For over 20 years, a multidisciplinary risk assessment course has been taught at UW. This course, the first of its kind in the U.S., is the foundation of the Risk Emphasis program.

Why should I consider the Risk Emphasis?

DEOHS graduates are increasingly required to participate in and perform risk analysis or risk management projects. After completing the Risk Emphasis, students will be better informed and better able to handle the market demands for basic skills in interpretation and application of risk analysis and risk communication.

What do I have to do for the Risk Emphasis?

Depending on the program you enrolled in, some of the Risk Emphasis classes may already be required. If not, you can use your electives to fulfill the Risk Emphasis requirements. Talk to your advisor for information on how to fit these courses into your schedule.

The courses required to obtain a Risk Emphasis in conjunction with an M.S. or Ph.D. in Toxicology, Exposure Sciences, or Environmental Health are:

  • ENVH 577 (3-4) Autumn: Risk Assessment for Env. Health Hazards
  • ENVH 552 (4) Winter: Environmental Chemistry of Pollution
  • ENVH 556 (3) Winter: Quantitative Occupational Exposure Analysis
  • ENVH 574 (3) Spring: Probabilistic Exposure Analysis
  • ENVH 593 (Var.) Autumn, Winter, Spring: Current Topics in Risk Assessment (Journal Club). Click on the above link or here for the list of topics to date.

Contact Kethanh Duong for more information about the Risk Emphasis.

What is the Journal Club?

Current Topics in Risk Assessment (ENVH 593), meets weekly to discuss current issues in the field of risk. Topics range from regulatory and risk evaluation methodology to risk communication, environmental justice, risk perception and risk management. Case studies focus on environmental quality, health, genomic, economic and occupational issues. Cutting-edge articles from academic literature, popular press, and regulatory guidelines are presented by students and followed by a participatory discussion.

Research Opportunities for Students

Students in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences have worked with IRARC researchers on a variety of projects. Contact Kethanh Duong if you are interested in pursuing a research opportunity.