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
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Edward Calabrese, a long-time champion of the hormesis hypothesis, hopes to see the hormesis model adopted by U.S. regulatory action to amend its radiation protection standards.
Laura Vandenberg is launching a three-year, $450,000 study supported by a National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences grant to investigate the possibility that exposure to estrogen-like chemicals in the womb may be a risk for breast cancer.