Q&A Session: COVID-19 Operational Posture and Resources to Support Mental Health and Well-Being

The School of Public Health and Health Sciences hosted a live information session and Q&A featuring SPHHS faculty, staff and students on Friday, February 12, 2021. The presentation included an overview of the University's new high risk operational posture; a snapshot of COVID-19 cases and "how we got here"; strategies to support your well-being; and information on campus well-being resources.

Why UMass? SPHHS Graduate Students Tell Us

Graduate students from across all SPHHS departments tell us why they love UMass, why they chose to attend, and what their education has given them.

Public Health & Health Sciences Showcase: Answering the Call in a Time of Pandemic

During UMass Homecoming week, Dean Siega-Riz held a virtual forum featuring the SPHHS faculty, staff, and students who have been leading the coronavirus pandemic response efforts on campus, in the commonwealth, and across the nation. Hear from those who have been directly involved in efforts such as contact tracing, antibody testing, prediction modeling, and health promotion efforts to help track, mitigate, and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Elder Companionship Project: Message for Residents

Students from across all majors and disciplines within the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences share words of comfort with the residents of nursing and rehab facilities, assisted-living residents, and retirement communities.

Elder Companionship Project: Message for Staff

Students from across all majors and disciplines within the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences share words of encouragement and appreciation for the staff caring for residents living in nursing and rehab facilities, assisted-living residents, and retirement communities.

Environmental Health Sciences' Peltier Finds Medical Face Masks Can Be Safely Reused

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

UMass Women in Science: Laura Vandenberg

Laura Vandenberg, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at UMass Amherst, studies the effects environmental chemicals have on long-term health. “What we’re doing here is not just cool, it’s important,” says Vandenberg. Watch her UMass Amherst #WomeninScience story to learn what it takes to be successful in the field of public health and health sciences.

Environmental Health Sciences Is Driving Modern Science Forward

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences is conducting research that's making an impact, not just in the world of science but in the world of public health and public good.

Father's Exposure to Chemicals May Affect Embryo Quality

A new study led by Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Studies Richard Pilsner looks at the paternal side of reproductive outcomes. The study finds exposures to plastics may have an effect on embryo development.

Advocating for Environmental Safety

Award-winning scientist Laura Vandenberg is acclaimed internationally for her dedicated persistence in studying the toxicity of chemicals and plastics in everyday products that can contribute to diseases in later life, including cancer and obesity.

Zebrafish Studies Link Pollutants with Human Disease

Researchers at UMass Amherst led by Assistant Professor Alicia Timme-Laragy are unlocking the mystery of disease by studying zebrafish fetal development. These studies indicate that, in humans, similar early life exposure to chemicals in our environment may contribute to disease later in life.

Peltier Lab Studies Heath Hazards of Air Pollution

The lab of Richard Peltier at UMass Amherst does innovative studies on air pollution that result in better documentation of its effects on human health globally.

LabTV Profiles Doctoral Student Haotian Wu

LabTV profiled Haotian Wu, a Ph.D student in Rick Pilsner's Environmental Epigenetics Lab at UMass Amherst. Haotian's research studies how environmental factors can be passed down and inherited between generations, with the goal of learning how epigenetics affects reproduction.

Public Health Study in Nepal

Rick Peltier and Kabindra Shayka of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences filmed this report in Kathmandu, where they are leading a multinational study identifying air pollutants and tracking their effects on local police.