Environmental Health

Healthy Environment, Healthy Communities

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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Affiliated Degrees:

Learn more about the new Boston UniverCity PhD Training Program, which trains students to tackle urban environmental challenges through interdisciplinary instruction in biogeoscience, environmental health, city governance, field methods, data analysis, and science communication!

MS in Environmental Health Data Analytics

PhD in Environmental Health

MS in Public Health Nutrition  



Environmental Health News

Environmental Health Calendar


  • Published On 4/5/2018Bias Amplification in Epidemiologic Analysis of Exposure to Mixtures.Environmental health perspectivesread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/1/2018Early-Pregnancy Plasma Concentrations of Perfluoroalkyl Substances and Birth Outcomes in Project Viva: Confounded by Pregnancy Hemodynamics?American journal of epidemiologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/23/2018Notch and Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Signaling Impact Definitive Hematopoiesis from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells.Stem cells (Dayton, Ohio)read at PubMed
  • Published On 3/21/2018Detection of aryl hydrocarbon receptor agonists in human samples.Scientific reportsread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/19/2018Preventive care utilization: Association with individual- and workgroup-level policy and practice perceptions.Preventive medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/13/2018Mental Health Expenditures: Association with Workplace Incivility and Bullying Among Hospital Patient Care Workers.Journal of occupational and environmental medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 3/2/2018Glyphosate Substitution for Glycine During Protein Synthesis as a Causal Factor in Mesoamerican NephropathyJ Environ Anal Toxicolread at Custom
  • Published On 3/2/2018Is Glyphosate a Key Factor in Mesoamerican Nephropathy?J Environ Anal Toxicolread at Custom
  • Published On 3/1/2018Interactions of Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Human Health.Current environmental health reportsread at PubMed
  • Published On 2/27/2018Maternal Plasma per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance Concentrations in Early Pregnancy and Maternal and Neonatal Thyroid Function in a Prospective Birth Cohort: Project Viva (USA).Environmental health perspectivesread at PubMed