Environmental Health

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

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November 22, 2019

They’re part of the family, but did you know your dog could be inadvertently transferring harmful organisms right inside of your home?

The Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health have identified more than a dozen different infections that dogs can carry from the skin infection MRSA to the bacteria leptospirosis...

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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 ...

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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...