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.
The field of Environmental Health Sciences encompasses many topical and technical areas, and is fundamentally interdisciplinary in nature. The Division of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) at the University of California, Berkeley, draws on the expertise of our world-class EHS faculty, as well as that of faculty across the Berkeley campus, together with which we have achieved exceptional distinction in multiple areas of environmental health. The Berkeley Compendium of EHS Expertise provides current and prospective students an overview of our areas of distinction, our faculty and their expertise, related coursework at Berkeley Public Health and across the UC Berkeley campus, and recent Masters-level student culminating work within each area.
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.
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.
Op-Ed: Black gold and the color line
Environmental Health News; by Postdoctoral Fellow David J.X. González and Professor Rachel Morello-Frosch