Pursue a UW Graduate Degree in Exposure Science


Pursue a Graduate Degree in Exposure Science

Learn more and apply: deohs.washington.edu/es

— Master of Science (MS) in Occupational & Environmental Exposure Sciences

with two options:

  • General Exposure Sciences. Requiring an MS Research Thesis, and completed normally in 21 months.
  • General Exposure Sciences with specialized training in Occupational Hygiene. Requiring an internship and portfolio, completed in 15 months, or a research thesis and normally completed in 21 months.

— Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental & Occupational Hygiene


The science dedicated to quantifying environmental exposures, for the purpose of understanding how a person’s environment affects their health is called ‘exposure sciences’.

Exposure scientists identify and quantify the hazards people encounter in their daily lives, and measure how a person interacts with their environment. Students who study Exposure Sciences work with faculty to research a variety of health problems and identify, quantify, reduce, or eliminate job and community hazards. Research topics include biological, chemical, and physical hazard assessment and controls; respiratory, reproductive, and chronic diseases; and occupational or environmental health policy.


Student support may be available through our NIOSH funded Education and Research Center at:  http://deohs.washington.edu/nwcohs


Our graduates become experts in exposure assessment for a wide variety of health hazards. Many graduates establish careers as health and safety professionals and obtain certification as Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH), Certified Safety Professionals (CSP), or Certified Professional Ergonomists (CPE).

Our emphasis on field research and practical training prepares MS graduates for entry into the professional workforce and provides exciting research areas for PhD students. Our graduates are in demand for professional positions in industry, consulting groups, government agencies, and academia.


The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences recognizes the value of diversity within the student body and in the environmental and occupational health field. We strive to provide an educational environment that encourages participation by students with diverse backgrounds and cultural experiences, including those with educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.