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 3/15/2017The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and GenderCognitive disorders in men
  • Published On 2/2/2017Associations between urinary diphenyl phosphate and thyroid function.Environment internationalread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/1/2017In: Quah, S.R. and Cockerham, W.C. (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Public HealthFoodborne Diseases
  • Published On 1/1/2017In: Quah, S.R. and Cockerham, W.C. (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Public HealthPrinciples of Infectious Diseases: Transmission, Diagnosis, Prevention, and Control
  • Published On 1/1/2017Evaluation of Long-Term Cryostorage of Brain Tissue Sections for Quantitative Histochemistry.The journal of histochemistry and cytochemistry : official journal of the Histochemistry Societyread at PubMed
  • Published On 1/1/2017Self-reported occupational injuries among industrial beef slaughterhouse workers in the Midwestern United States.Journal of occupational and environmental hygieneread at PubMed
  • Published On 12/30/2016Cross-disciplinary consultancy to enhance predictions of asthma exacerbation risk in Boston.Online J Public Health Inform
  • Published On 12/28/2016Exposure to multiple chemicals in a cohort of reproductive-aged Danish women.Environmental researchread at PubMed
  • Published On 12/12/2016Obscured by administrative data? Racial disparities in occupational injury.Scandinavian journal of work, environment & healthread at PubMed