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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Tim Ford, Chair of Environmental Health Sciences and Director of the Institute for Global Health (IGH), supported by a $285,000 grant from the PAHO Foundation, is leading a project to help improve surveillance and response to cholera in Haiti.

University of Massachusetts Environmental Health Sciences faculty Richard Pilsner

Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Pilsner recently received a five-year, $2.26 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to extend and replicate findings in an animal study of his earlier investigation into the effects of phthalate levels on sperm epigenetics and reproductive success in humans.

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The Department of Environmental Health Sciences is driving modern science forward.