Environmental Health

Everyone, everywhere, every day.

It affects us all.

The air we breathe. The water we drink. The food we eat. All the things we come in contact with every day. Nothing is more intrinsic to health than our environment, with environmental exposures among the leading contributors to health problems. And while people are affected regardless of income and geography, environmental health risks especially threaten the most vulnerable among us.

For decades, the Department of Environmental Health has taken a community approach to dealing with these risks. Our research methods encourage community residents to help identify research goals and collect, analyze, and publish data. Academically, our students prepare to meet the challenges of environmental health through a solid grounding in epidemiologic and toxicologic research as well as training in legal and economic topics relevant to environmental and public health.

Our work focuses on the health effects of chemical exposures, including chemicals contained in consumer products as well as contaminants of water, food, and soil such as lead or mercury. We are also interested in the adverse effects of non-chemical hazards such as noise, heat, and social stressors, and how different kinds of hazardous exposures accumulate or interact to harm health. Vulnerable populations such as children and people living in poverty in the US and internationally are of special interest to us. The department has two centers: one that addresses the consequences to health of exposure to chemicals in Superfund sites and the other addressing complex exposures in urban poor populations.

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Affiliated Degrees:

MS in Environmental Health PhD in Environmental Health


Environmental Health News

Environmental Health Calendar


  • Published On 4/15/2017Cognitive disorders in women
  • Published On 4/11/2017Predictors of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Plasma Concentrations in 6-10 Year Old American Children.Environmental science & technologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/10/2017Estimates and 25-year trends of the global burden of disease attributable to ambient air pollution: an analysis of data from the Global Burden of Diseases Study 2015.Lancet (London, England)read at PubMed
  • Published On 4/7/2017Tributyltin alters the bone marrow microenvironment and suppresses B cell development.Toxicological sciences : an official journal of the Society of Toxicologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/6/2017Seed Location Impacts Whole-Brain Structural Network Comparisons between Healthy Elderly and Individuals with Alzheimer''s Disease.Brain sciencesread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/4/2017A cost-benefit analysis of a pellet boiler with electrostatic precipitator versus conventional biomass technology: A case study of an institutional boiler in Syracuse, New York.Environmental researchread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/30/2017Ground Turmeric as a Source of Lead Exposure in the United States.Public health reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974)read at PubMed
  • Published On 3/29/2017Urinary Concentrations of Insecticide and Herbicide Metabolites among Pregnant Women in Rural Ghana: A Pilot Study.International journal of environmental research and public healthread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/23/2017Network-based analysis of transcriptional profiles from chemical perturbations experiments.BMC bioinformaticsread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/15/2017The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and GenderCognitive disorders in men