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 3/11/2017Exploring associations between prenatal solvent exposures and teenage drug and alcohol use: a retrospective cohort study.Environmental health : a global access science sourceread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/9/2017Screening for novel central nervous system biomarkers in veterans with Gulf War Illness.Neurotoxicology and teratologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/9/2017Entorhinal Cortex: Antemortem Cortical Thickness and Postmortem Neurofibrillary Tangles and Amyloid Pathology.AJNR. American journal of neuroradiologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/3/2017Childhood and adolescent fish consumption and adult neuropsychological performance: An analysis from the Cape Cod Health Study.Neurotoxicology and teratologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/1/2017Relationships among Maternal Stress and Depression, Type 2 Responses, and Recurrent Wheezing at Age 3 Years in Low-Income Urban Families.American journal of respiratory and critical care medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/17/2017Leptospira seropositivity as a risk factor for Mesoamerican Nephropathy.International journal of occupational and environmental healthread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/10/2017Something New in the Air: Paying for Community-Based Environmental Approaches to Asthma Prevention and Control: Work Group Report of the Practice, Diagnostics and Therapeutics Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.The Journal of allergy and clinical immunologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/8/2017Modeling the intraurban variation in nitrogen dioxide in urban areas in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.Environmental researchread at PubMed