Research

Faculty members, post-doctoral researchers, and students in the Department of Environmental Health conduct research on a number of environmental health topics. Our work spans epidemiology, exposure science, toxicology, and risk assessment, and generally falls into one of four thematic areas:

  • Exposure to complex mixtures and health across the life course: where we live, work, and play
  • Translating environmental health to action through policy-relevant research
  • Community-based environmental health: Addressing issues of environmental justice in collaboration with vulnerable populations
  • Interdisciplinary research connecting basic and applied environmental health science

We do work both in the Boston area and around the globe, including in India, China, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Italy. Some of the specific topic areas of interest to our department include:

  • Air pollution
  • Climate change
  • Chemical mixtures
  • Drinking water
  • Exposure science
  • Geographic information systems and spatial analysis
  • Housing and the indoor environment
  • Infectious disease
  • Molecular toxicology and risk assessment
  • Neurobehavior
  • Noise exposures
  • Occupational exposures
  • Social and physical environment