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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UMass Amherst Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier

The National Science Foundation has awarded an $85,000 fast-track grant to Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier to expand his research into whether face masks can be safely reused by COVID-19 pandemic medical workers after repeated sterilizations.

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Urgent research by environmental health sciences researcher Richard Peltier may help ease hospital equipment shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic.