Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
The Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences (OEHS) Division was initially created within the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics in 1980 to support the existing Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (MTMH), and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree programs. Initial disciplines represented within the division included: behavioral health, health physics, general environmental health, industrial hygiene, aviation physiology, and occupational medicine. In 2000, the division graduated its first two students from the newly created Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree program in Environmental and Occupational Health. One student continued on with his education to become the division's first Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) graduate in 2001. Two years later, the division graduated its first student with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Environmental Health Science. In 2008, the MSPH program gained an international perspective with the acceptance of our first Canadian Forces student.
Both the MSPH and PhD programs focus student research on military-relevant force health protection in the areas of chemical, biological, and radiation exposures. Student research and funding opportunities have subsequently expanded to include cooperative agreements with the US Marine Corps Chemical Biological Incidence Response Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Counterterrorism Forensics Research Lab. In 2003, the MSPH program sought and received coveted accreditation by the Applied Science Commission Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in Industrial Hygiene and Health Physics. Subsequently, the OEHS Health Physics MSPH track was inactivated in 2008 due to changing service needs. In 2009, OEHS applied for and obtained a six-year reaccreditation from ABET. After the ABET site visit, the evaluation team not only recommended the MSPH program for reaccreditation, but also found "no weaknesses or deficiencies." The program is now positioned as one of the top ABET accredited industrial hygiene programs in the nation.