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


  • Published On 4/15/2017Cognitive disorders in women
  • Published On 3/15/2017The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and GenderCognitive disorders in men
  • Published On 8/10/2016The 4p16.3 Parkinson Disease Risk Locus Is Associated with GAK Expression and Genes Involved with the Synaptic Vesicle Membrane.PloS oneread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/5/2016The Rio Olympics Are a Reflection of Our Shared Global CrisisIn These Timesread at Custom
  • Published On 8/1/2016Land, Life, and Security: An Interview with Edgardo Garcia, Secretary General of the Association of Farm Workers in Nicaragua.New solutions : a journal of environmental and occupational health policy : NSread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/1/2016Levels of Blood Organophosphorus Flame Retardants and Association with Changes in Human Sphingolipid Homeostasis.Environmental science & technologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/30/2016A network based approach to drug repositioning identifies plausible candidates for breast cancer and prostate cancer.BMC medical genomicsread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/18/2016Fine Particulate Matter, Risk Assessment, and Risk Management.Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysisread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/14/2016Health and climate benefits of offshore wind facilities in the Mid-Atlantic United StatesEnviron Res Lettread at Custom
  • Published On 7/6/2016Urinary biomarkers of flame retardant exposure among collegiate U.S. gymnasts.Environment internationalread at PubMed