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Our Mission

Since its establishment in 1986, the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has worked to prevent occupational and environmental disease and related disability through the provision of clinical services, employer consultation, and worker training. The goals stemming from this mission are pursued by an interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, occupational health nurses, toxicologists, a statistician and a certified ergonomist. We achieve this mission by providing:

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  • care for patients injured or made sick by work or the environment
  • training for medical, nursing, and graduate students, practicing physicians and other public health professionals
  • hazard assessment in the work place
  • outreach services to the community
  • advocacy for occupational health in the public arena and through
  • research on the prevention and treatment of occupational illness and injuries.

Initially begun as a collaboration between the Department of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine maintains this dual identity by providing both the clinical care of the individual patient and the population based assessment of the environment in which the patient was exposed.

The Occupational/Environmental Medicine Clinic provides specialty consultation for patients with work or environmentally - related health conditions including adult lead and mercury exposure, solvent and pesticide exposures as well as repetitive motion disorders. The clinic also provides medical surveillance, and monitoring for companies and for employees of the University’s Outpatient Clinic System.

Our division staff has been involved in research on the causes, risk factors, management and prevention of occupational injuries and illnesses, including musculoskeletal disorders, resulting from cumulative trauma, occupational cancer, adult lead exposure and other heavy metal poisonings and exposures related to military service.

Our staff provides a variety of learning experiences for medical students, residents and nursing students, as well as students in law, social work, pharmacy and dentistry. These experiences include clinical rotations, lectures, small group discussions, and guided work-site visits. We collaborate with several programs at the University of Maryland including the School of Nursing EnviRN. The Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine also develops educational programs for workers, unions, employers and other health care professionals in the community needing more information about occupational and environmental health concerns.

We look forward to collaborations with public health colleagues and other engaged partners in anticipating, identifying, and working to prevent occupational and environmental illnesses in our community and beyond.

Open Faculty Positions

The Department of Medicine’s Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has the following opening available:

Occupational/Environmental Medicine Physician (Position 3-309-867) -  The Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in the Department of Medicine  is seeking an Occupational/Environmental Medicine physician for a faculty appointment at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  Rank, tenure status and salary will be commensurate with experience.  Clinical responsibilities include supervision of a surveillance program for environmental agent exposed VA populations and clinical investigation of other individuals and patient cohorts.  Teaching responsibilities at the undergraduate and graduate medical school level will be combined with clinical teaching for residents.  The successful candidate will be BC in Occupational Medicine and BC/BE in Medicine or another specialty applicable to the practice of Occupational/Environmental Medicine. Interest in an academic career in clinical investigation or epidemiology is also sought.

Faculty rank and tenure status for all positions is commensurate with candidate’s qualifications and experience. Excellent salary/benefits package available. Qualified candidates should apply by e-mail by sending CV and names of 4 references to Melissa McDiarmid, MD, MPH, DABT c/o Academic Programs Office ( 


The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.  

When applying, please cite specific position number of interest in your correspondence.