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:
- 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
Studies have shown that perinatal exposure of rats and mice to common flame retardants found in household items permanently reprograms liver metabolism, often leading later in life to insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Now, research led by Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alexander Suvorov, with co-authors in Moscow, Russia, has identified the likely mechanism responsible for the pollutant’s effect: an altered liver epigenome.
Environmental Health Sciences doctoral student Monika Roy recently received a three-year, $114,072 F31 Predoctoral Fellowship Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate the liver toxicity potential of PCB-11.
With the help of parents, students, alumni, faculty and friends, we raised over $67,000 during the 2019 UMassGives campaign, placing us 4th in money raised across the entire campus. This figure more than doubled what we had raised during the previous two UMassGives campaigns combined. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to create the new Global Health Impact Endowment in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. This fund will directly support the Institute for Global Health and enhance the practice-based training of our graduate students who have a keen interest in global health.