Environmental and occupational health are important public health disciplines. Training and education in these fields can shed light on current public health problems, local and regional health issues, future health needs and challenges, epidemiology of diseases related to environmental or occupational exposures; and assist legislators with their decisions on health policies.
Countries in the EMR suffer from a wide variety of environmental and occupational problems, ranging from basic sanitary control measures to a lack of advanced research in this field. Issues exist in the region regarding agricultural health, workplace safety, outdoor and indoor air quality, food safety, water quality, toxic waste, and issues related to climate change. Therefore, offering training programs in this field is crucial for the safety of people and for the advancement of the economy and life quality in the EMR region, in addition to providing stability in war–torn countries.