Environmental Health

person checking water quality

How do the built and natural environments influence our health, and how can we reduce risk factors? Environmental health studies the impact of our surroundings on our health. Research by our college's faculty includes parasites transmitted through water, the effects of air pollution on cardiovascular health, and food-borne illnesses.

Our Work in the News

September 4, 2019

Storyteller's presentation visualizes Hiroshima's atomic bomb devastation

Michiko Yamaoka shares her family's story about experiencing the death and destruction of Hiroshima's atomic bomb. 

Presented by the Institute for Japanese Studies and sponsored by the ...

April 10, 2019

Microbes in household dust can break down harmful chemicals, study shows

The dust that settles throughout our homes and offices almost always contains bits of chemicals that can cause problems for the human endocrine system, scientists say. But a new study indicates that the microbes we track into buildings—the...

March 7, 2019

Global health project supported by $3.39 million grant

Foodborne illnesses are critical global health problems, resulting in an estimated 600 million illnesses annually. Low- and middle-income countries bear most of the burden, largely due to poor food handling practices, weak regulatory systems and inadequate food safety laws...