What is Environmental Health Science?
Up to a quarter of all preventable illnesses could be eliminated through environmental health practices. According to the WHO, up to 13 million deaths (including 4 million children) per year could be prevented by controlling environmental exposures, especially in the developing world. Even in developed countries, environmental exposures are related to significant morbidity attributed to poor air quality (especially in urban areas) and exposure to chemical and microbiological contaminants through food and water. Environmental health professionals and research in environmental health are critically needed.
Environmental Health Science is the study of the biological, chemical or physical agents occurring naturally or introduced into the environment and their effects on human health and the environment. It includes a study of human activities, a vital component in our complex ecosystem and serves the general welfare by safeguarding and improving the quality of food, shelter, air, water and other natural resources.
The Department of Environmental Health Science is helping to meet these needs through research and training, including academic degrees at all levels.