Structure for Environmental and Occupational Health Research
Our research emphasizes its teaching and research on capabilities to study environmental and occupational health problem, such as knowledge and technologies to evaluate environmental and occupational exposures, of interest, their corresponding health effects, and ultimately the potential human risk associated with less-characterized health hazards. Areas of curricular design can be described briefly as following:
(1)Industrial Hygiene:Industrial hygiene is primarily concerned with the recognition, evaluation, and control of occupational hazards that arise as a result of or during work. We concentrate on both the fundamental concepts and practical skills training to graduate students of this program. After graduation, students will be able to conduct research works in the industrial hygiene field and help industries to improve their workplaces.
(2)Environmental Exposure: Objectives are set to mange the fundamental theories and environmental monitoring skills required in the field of exposure assessment for both occupational and general environments, including sampling strategy, sampling instrumentation, analytical technology, and data analysis methodology. The topics regarding data reporting, interpretation, limitation, and the QA/QC system of exposure assessment will be intensively addressed in this area of education.
(3)Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology:The objective of this discipline is to train epidemiologists specialized in environmental and occupational health. The core curriculum includes graduate-level introductory courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, and occupational and environmental medicine. Case study courses that facilitate the integration of knowledge and skills of these different fields are also required, so that students will learn how to design an epidemiological study, how to carry out the research project, how to analyze the data, how to interpret study results, and how to review and criticize scientific articles. Students should also take advanced courses in environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, and biostatistics and learn how to present and publish study results effectively to prepare for a professional career in environmental and occupational epidemiology. In addition, they should choose from optional courses such as epidemiology methodology, molecular epidemiology, exposure assessment, occupational safety, toxicology, ergonomics, etc. to establish their own specialties.
(4)Toxicology and Analytical Methodology: The primary teaching objectives in the area of Toxicology is to provide students with a solid understanding toward the principles of toxicology, to offer adequate education for interpreting toxicological data, and finally to complete fundamental training for risk assessment. For the concentration of Analytical Methodology, we have focused on the theory and application of instrumental analysis for hazardous materials like organic solvents, heavy metals, and even environmental hormones.
(5)Environmental and Occupational Medicine:This division concentrates its teaching on introducing the basics, evaluation, treatment, and prevention of occupational diseases, such as occupational lung, skin, neurological, musculoskeletal, nepotistic, reproductive, liver, renal, and cardiac disorders.