Environmental 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.

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University of Massachusetts Environmental Health Sciences faculty Richard Pilsner

Early results from a larger, ongoing study led by Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Pilsner suggest that phthalate levels in expectant fathers have an effect on couples’ reproductive success via epigenetic modifications of sperm DNA. Details appear in the current issue of Human Reproduction, a monthly journal of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology published by Oxford Journals.

Richard Peltier, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, has received a Fulbright Award to conduct research at the University of York. Peltier plans to investigate how to better visualize and analyze air quality data for the citizen scientist and to improve the small sensor approaches his lab has been working on.

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