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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SPHHS faculty members Richard Pilsner and Brian Whitcomb

An interdisciplinary research team including lead author Allyson Rosati, who recently completed a master’s in molecular and cellular biology, environmental epigeneticist Richard Pilsner, and epidemiologist Brian Whitcomb, has identified a single-measure biomarker in sperm mitochondrial DNA that may predict male reproductive health and pregnancy success.

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alexander Suvorov has used an unprecedented objective approach to identify which molecular mechanisms in mammals are the most sensitive to chemical exposures. The study, published in the journal Chemosphere, advances the understanding of the interaction of chemicals, both pollutants and pharmaceuticals, on gene expression and the impact on human health.

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