Our Mission

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The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health brings together faculty and staff on the Berkeley, Davis, and San Francisco campuses of the University of California to:

  • Educate future leaders in occupational and environmental health
  • Develop new knowledge
  • Bring the resources of the University of California to people affected by health hazards in their workplaces or communities


These three core activities are grounded in a multi-campus, multidisciplinary approach to problem solving based upon teamwork and training in medicine, nursing, public health, and related fields.

At its inception, the COEH made a commitment to deliver university services directly to the public.  This is accomplished through a labor and community education program, a continuing professional education program and clinical services.

In 1983 the UC Davis COEH was established under the direction of Dr. Marc Schenker.   The COEH was originally established as a Center under the direction of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. 

In 1995 Dr. Schenker was named Chair of the Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine in the School of Medicine, and the COEH was administered through the department organizational structure, and housed with the Center for Health and the Environment.  The Medical Surveillance program was established to provide clinical services to the public.  Currently, both the COEH and the Medical Surveillance program are housed at DaVinci Court in Research Park.

The UC Davis COEH provides graduate education in occupational and environmental epidemiology, occupational medicine, toxicology, and agricultural engineering/ergonomics, clinical services for the public (Medical Surveillance), and research in occupational and environmental health.