Envronmental Health Sciences

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and 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 offers a wide range of academic programs which integrate core statistical literacy and methods with the health related biological sciences, including:

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.

In the Spotlight

University of Massachusetts Environmental Health Sciences faculty Laura Vandenberg

The Cornell Douglas Foundation, an environmental health and justice advocacy group, has named Assistant Professor Laura Vandenberg one of its 2016 Pearl Award winners. The national honor comes with a $50,000 honorarium.

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.