The Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program provides academic and clinical leadership in the Northwest.
The academic program offers the degree of Master of Public Health in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and is designed to provide trainees with a sound didactic background in the principles of occupational and environmental medicine while simultaneously providing adequate flexibility for residents to pursue studies in epidemiology, toxicology, biostatistics, health services administration and other clinical specialties.
Our goal at the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic is to prevent illness, injury, or disability from occupational or environmental exposures. We evaluate and treat a wide range of medical conditions, including lung disease (asthma, asbestosis, beryllium sensitivity); skin conditions (eczema and contact dermatitis); neurological disorders (neuropathy, memory problems, Parkinson's, hearing loss); and musculoskeletal problems (tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome). We also evaluate conditions caused by exposures to harmful chemicals, heavy metals, and pesticides; poor indoor air quality and mold contamination; and ergonomic risk factors such as repetitive motion stress. In addition to standard clinical services, our program provides other services including treatment of chemically related illness, pediatric health risks associated with environmental exposures, and consultation services.
Our research focuses on policy-relevant research, including the relationship between exposure and disease, the cost versus benefit of new standards, and clinical interventions. We serve as an objective and unique source of information for policy makers, regulatory bodies, and primary care givers. The program offers research opportunities in the fields of agricultural health, air pollution health effects, biostatistics, chemical and physical toxicants, dietary factors and disease risk, epidemiology, international occupational health, multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome, musculoskeletal injury, neurological epidemiology, neuropyschological sequelae of solvent/pesticide exposure, occupational lead poisoning, and occupational lung disease.