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.

In the Spotlight

University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Health Sciences faculty Alicia Timme-Laragy

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Alicia Timme-Laragy, a developmental toxicologist with expertise in how early life exposures to pollutants affect health, recently hosted a visit by State Representative John Velis (Westfield) to discuss her ongoing research to identify and understand the health risks of per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in contaminated drinking water.

Richard E. Peltier, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, has written an essay in The Conversation questioning proposed changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s air pollution regulations that would adopt alternative dose-response models when determining how much pollution causes negative health effects.

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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.