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Rachel ​Morello-Frosch, PhD, MPH

Professor, Environmental Health Sciences; Community Health Sciences
  • Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Rachel Morello-Frosch is an environmental health scientist and Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on social determinants of environmental health disparities.
Phone: (510) 643-6358
Address: Giannini Hall #128B
Berkeley, CA 94720


Rachel Morello-Frosch is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. For over 20 years, her research has examined social determinants of environmental health among diverse communities with a focus on inequality, psychosocial stress and how these factors interact with environmental chemical exposures to produce health inequalities. Much of her work has examined this environmental justice question in the context of climate change, ambient air pollution, exposures to environmental chemicals and effects on fetal growth and developmental outcomes, often using community-based participatory research methods for data collection. In collaboration with communities and scientists, Dr. Morello-Frosch has also developed science-policy tools for assessing the cumulative impacts of chemical and non-chemical stressors to improve regulatory decision-making and advance environmental justice. In addition to her scientific articles, Rachel is a co-author of Contested Illness: Citizens, Science and Health Social Movements. Her research is supported by NIH, NSF, Cal-EPA, the California Breast Cancer Research Program and private foundations.

Research Interests

  • Environmental justice and structural determinants of environmental health disparities
  • Environmental chemicals, chronic stress and perinatal outcomes
  • Climate change and health
  • Community-based participatory research in environmental health science and epidemiology
  • Discovery-driven biomonitoring and exposure assessment


  • PhD – Environmental Health Sciences
    University of California, Berkeley
  • MPH – Epidemiology & Biostatistics
    University of California, Berkeley
  • BS – Development Studies
    University of California, Berkeley


Courses Taught

    • ESPM 167-PH 160
    • Environmental Health and Development
    • PH 202B-ESPM 254
    • Ethnicity and Culture in Health Status and Behavior

Articles Featuring Rachel Morello-Frosch:

June 13, 2024
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February 29, 2024
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November 30, 2021
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December 14, 2018
June 22, 2015