The Department of Environmental Health Sciences combines the public health sciences of biostatistics, environmental health and epidemiology with natural sciences, mathematics and engineering to provide a quantitative basis to measure and mitigate the effects of environmental stressors on human health. Environmental health sciences professionals anticipate new problems and identify existing ones. They design, implement and evaluate solutions to environmental problems to meet the public health needs of society. They work to minimize the adverse effects of the environment on human health.
Environmental Health Sciences
in the spotlight
Results of a new study led by Assistant Professor Richard Peltier suggest that inexpensive cloth masks worn by people who hope to reduce their exposure to air pollution vary widely in effectiveness and could be giving users a false sense of security, especially in highly polluted areas.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences recently awarded Alicia Timme-Laragy, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, a five-year, $1.7 million grant for a study investigating exposure to pollutants and future diabetes risk.