EHS fieldwork

Oysters are critical to the ecosystem of coastal Georgia and are important to the economy of the coast. Work in environmental health science is helping to understand the impacts of water quality on these shellfish and, in turn, their effects on public health.

Chemical and Microbiological Water Pollution

Throughout the US, anthropogenic pollutants increasingly compromise our nation's waterways; and waterborne diseases continue to be major source of morbidity worldwide. By studying chemicals, aquatic macro-organisms, pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and protozoa using multidisciplinary approaches we can begin to understand their fate and ecology in aquatic ecosystems.

Exposure Assessment and Environmental Epidemiology

Environmental epidemiology is the study of human disease in relation to factors in the environment. The potential effects of air pollutants and pesticides are the focal points of exposure and epidemiological research in the EHS Department.

Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment

The type, magnitude, and mechanisms of effects of chemical and biological pollutants on human and other organisms constitute the domain of environmental toxicology.  Research is conducted to develop dose-response information for infectious agents and mixtures of chemicals that can be used by regulatory agencies to assess risk and develop public health policy.

July 22, 2016
Maite Nunes Ghazaleh, a second-year doctoral student in environmental health science at the College of Public Health, was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to fund her research on coral health. These highly...


Congratulations to our EHS graduates and award recipients! We are so proud of all the hard work you have put in to complete your EHS degrees. Whether you decide to continue your education by pursuing a graduate degree or post-doctoral fellowship or you decide to enter the workforce and begin your careers, we are sure you will succeed and do amazing things. Once...