Peter J. Wood, MPH graduated with honors (cum laude) from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology in 1982 and from the University of California Los Angeles with a Masters of Public Health degree in Environmental Health Sciences in 1985. He began his career with the State of California in 1984, working as a graduate student assistant and later at an entry-level position for the California Department of Services' Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Division. In 1990 he transferred to the Sacramento County Hazardous Materials Division as a first-line supervisor, but returned to the DTSC in 1993 and remains there until present. In 2007, Peter Wood became the first scientist to join DTSC's Office of Criminal Investigations.
On October 17, 2013, Peter Wood gave a riveting lecture in EHS 411, entitled "Environmental Enforcement an Alternative Career in Public Health."