The Department of Occupational and Environmental Health was founded in 2012. The current chairman is Prof. Nai-jun Tang. The department merged from the previous Department of Occupational Health and Department of Environmental Health founded in 1978. Professor Wei-nan Cheng, Professor Feng-zhen Liu and Prof. Nai-jun Tang have developed it into the key construction subject of the “211 Project” and the key discipline of Tianjin. It was also the doctoral degree authorized Units and the postdoctoral research station.
At present, the department has 12 staff members (10 teachers and 2 technicians), including 2 professors, 5 associate professors, and 1 PhD supervisors and 4 Master degree supervisors. Until today, 2 students have obtained PhD degree and more than 30 students have obtained Master degrees from the department. The department owns a faculty with high-quality-teaching capacity and in different age groups. Majority of them hold MD, PhD or Master degrees.
In the past 5 years, the department edited 20 text books and professional books as chief-editors and deputy-chief-editors and obtained 9 National Natural Science funds as principle investigators, 6 municipal level research grants (the Technology Support Program project, the key program and general program of Natural Science Funds in Tianjin), and 6 bureau-level research grants. Our research team has gained more than 7 million research funds totally. 80 papers were published including more than 30 articles in journals indexed by Science Citation Index. We also obtained several national, Tianjin city level and the university level awards of outstanding teaching achievements.
The Department of Occupational and Environmental Health sets out to establish educational and research programs in occupational and environmental health to understand the impacts of environmental factors on individuals and human populations. Prof. Nai-jun Tang is the principal investigator of the study on environmental pollutants, i.e. Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), Endocrine disruptors (EDCs) and Particulate Matters (PM) in the air, focusing on discovering novel mechanisms of chemicals and environmental epidemiology.