Environmental Health Sciences
The Department of Environmental Health Sciences is concerned with the adverse influence of the environment on human health and with controlling these influences. In this regard, the department considers “environment” in its broadest sense, including the natural, built, and social environments.
Traditionally, the field of environmental health sciences has focused on hazardous agents in the environment, including biological, chemical, and physical environmental agents. The department engages in a number of activities within this traditional approach, including studies of the sources and environmental distribution of such agents; human exposure to such agents; the body’s response at the molecular, cellular, organ system- and whole-body levels; environmental risk assessment; and prevention and intervention strategies (including environmental engineering, law, policy, and communications solutions).