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:
- Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
- Master of Science (M.S.)
- Accelerated Master of Science (M.S.)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
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
In the first study of its kind, Assistant Professor Laura Vandenberg and her collaborators examined effects of the compound bisphenol S (BPS) on maternal behavior and related brain regions in mice and found subtle but striking behavior changes in mothers exposed during pregnancy and lactation and in their daughters exposed in utero.
A study led by Assistant Professor Richard Pilsner is one of the first to investigate whether preconception exposures of fathers to phthalates, a group of compounds found in plastics and products such as lotion and shaving cream, has an effect on embryo quality. Researchers found these chemical exposures were associated with “a pronounced decrease in blastocyst quality” at an early stage in embryo development.
The Department of Environmental Health Sciences is driving modern science forward.