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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  • Published On 9/26/2018Prenatal Household Air Pollution is Associated with Impaired Infant Lung Function with Sex-Specific Effects: Evidence from GRAPHS, a Cluster Randomized Cookstove Intervention Trial.American journal of respiratory and critical care medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/21/2018The impact of air exchange rate on ambient air pollution exposure and inequalities across all residential parcels in Massachusetts.Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/20/2018Passive indoor air sampling for consumer product chemicals: a field evaluation study.Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/18/2018Relationship of Time-Activity-Adjusted Particle Number Concentration with Blood Pressure.International journal of environmental research and public healthread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/12/2018Bayesian varying coefficient kernel machine regression to assess neurodevelopmental trajectories associated with exposure to complex mixtures.Statistics in medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/8/2018Dentine biomarkers of prenatal and early childhood exposure to manganese, zinc and lead and childhood behavior.Environment internationalread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/3/2018Timing and Duration of Pre- and Postnatal Homelessness and the Health of Young Children.Pediatricsread at PubMed
  • 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 9/1/2018Subclinical Lead Exposure Among Backyard Chicken Flocks in Massachusetts.Journal of avian medicine and surgeryread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/1/2018The 2017 perfect storm season, climate change, and environmental injustice.The Lancet. Planetary healthread at PubMed