Environmental Health

Department of Environmental Health Science

Environmental health is about prevention – our goal is to intervene before people get sick, injured, or killed. We study environments to protect and promote human health, especially the most vulnerable populations. By environment, we mean:

  • The natural or ambient environment, such as the air we breathe and the water we drink;
  • The built environment, which includes homes, schools and the infrastructure that comprise our neighborhoods; and
  • The work environment, such as the factories and offices where we spend so much of our time.

Join us in protecting human health, both at home and abroad.



We have a creative, engaged faculty that brings a global perspective to learning – among us, we have lived and studied in Spain, China, India, Colombia, Israel and the US. Our expertise centers around drinking water quality, the health effects of air pollution, climate change and health, controlling infectious diseases, and the prevention of work-related injury and illness. We care deeply about the health of populations, both locally and globally.