Environmental Health Sciences

Training future leaders to tackle public health threats from environmental exposure

We are on the forefront of research that characterizes how environmental exposures—industrialization, unplanned urbanization, effects of climate change and microbial and chemical contamination of water, air and food—affect human populations, particularly the most vulnerable members of society, such as young children, pregnant women, workers, and those lacking resources and power.

Our faculty and students develop and apply cutting-edge methods, build research collaborations with global and domestic partners, and lead major research centers and projects around the world. Through our programs of study, faculty educate, challenge and inspire tomorrow’s leaders in environmental health.


Degrees in Environmental Health Sciences

Microbial and chemical contamination of water and air, unplanned urbanization, industrialization, climate change, and other sources of environmental exposure affect human populations everyday. Through cutting-edge methods and multinational research collaborations, we prepare tomorrow’s leaders in environmental health to assess the impacts of environmental exposure and advance the means for their control.

PhD in Environmental Health Sciences

Master’s in Environmental Health Sciences (MPH)

Master’s in Environmental Health Sciences (MS)

Degrees in Global Health and Environment

The most pressing and complicated health challenges facing the global community require a transdisciplinary approach from global health leaders. Our curriculum emphasizes a multipronged skill set to understand the pathways and control measures for environmental pollutants—including pesticides, air pollutants, industrial contaminants, and vector-borne and waterborne pathogens—at the household, community, regional and global levels.

Master’s in Global Health and Environment (MPH)

Master’s in Global Health and Environment (MS)

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When it comes to climate change, don’t forget the microbes

June 18, 2019 By Robert Sanders, Media relations Scientists are rightly focused on anticipating and preventing the major impacts that climate change will have on humans, plants and animals. But they shouldn’t forget the effect on Earth’s microbes, on which everything else depends, warns a group of 33 biologists from around the globe. “Bacteria, viruses and […]

How India could meet air quality standards

April 26, 2019 | by Kara Manke India could make a major dent in air pollution by curbing emissions from dirty household fuels such as wood, dung, coal and kerosene, shows a new analysis led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the India Institute of Technology. Eliminating emissions from these sources — […]

Mass gatherings can facilitate infectious disease transmission

May 22, 2019 Photo Credit: Mauricio Ayovi Mass gatherings have long been known to increase risks of infectious disease outbreaks. Music festivals, sporting events, religious pilgrimages, and other assemblies of significant numbers of people create conditions that strain local infrastructure, increase contact rates, overextend sanitation infrastructure, and thereby facilitate the spread of pathogens. At the […]

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The professors are at the top of their field and the university is dedicated to creating exceptional students while simultaneously encouraging both mental and personal growth.

Jacqueline Ferguson
Environmental Health Sciences PhD

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