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.

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For decades, the Department of Environmental Health has conducted policy-relevant research, often working closely with affected communities, to help address environmental challenges. Academically, our students prepare to meet the challenges of environmental health through a solid grounding in epidemiology, exposure science, toxicology, risk assessment and related fields, as well as training in legal and economic topics relevant to environmental and public health.

Our work addresses the health effects of exposures to complex mixtures of chemicals, including chemicals contained in consumer products as well as contaminants of water, food, and soil such as lead or mercury. We evaluate the health effects of air pollution, including connections with global climate change. We are also interested in the adverse effects of non-chemical hazards such as noise, heat, and social stressors, and how different kinds of chemical and non-chemical 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 includes two centers: one that addresses the mechanisms of action and consequences to health of exposure to chemicals found at Superfund sites and the other that addresses environmental health disparities in low-income communities and throughout Massachusetts.

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Environmental Health News


  • Published On 9/1/2018Building Professionalism Through Management Training: New England Public Health Training Center''s Low-Cost, High-Impact Model.Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMPread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/3/2018The Healthy Neighborhood, Healthy Families Initiative.Pediatricsread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/3/2018Self-rated health and its association with perceived environmental hazards, the social environment, and cultural stressors in an environmental justice population.BMC public healthread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/1/2018Urbanization as a risk factor for aortic stiffness in a cohort in India.PloS oneread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/1/2018MRI of atherosclerosis and fatty liver disease in cholesterol fed rabbits.Journal of translational medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/30/2018Multiethnic meta-analysis identifies ancestry-specific and cross-ancestry loci for pulmonary function.Nature communicationsread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/19/2018Tributyltin induces a transcriptional response without a brite adipocyte signature in adipocyte models.Archives of toxicologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/7/2018Exposure to tetrachloroethylene-contaminated drinking water and time to pregnancy.Environmental researchread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/3/2018Modeled exposure to tetrachloroethylene-contaminated drinking water and the risk of placenta-related stillbirths: a case-control study from Massachusetts and Rhode Island.Environmental health : a global access science sourceread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/3/2018Future ozone-related acute excess mortality under climate and population change scenarios in China: A modeling study.PLoS medicineread at PubMed