Greetings from the Department Head

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Welcome to the Website for the Department of Environmental Health Science (EHS) at the College of Public Health, University of Georgia.

The EHS Program was developed in the late 1960s and the EHS Department was established in 1998. The Department was moved to the College of Public Health in January of 2005 as one of the four core departments at the College. The EHS Department currently has 3 full professors (including the Dean of the College of Public Health), 4 associate professors, 3 assistant professors, 2 research scientists, and two full time support staff members.

The EHS department offers an undergraduate B.S.E.H. degree, multiple graduate academic degrees (MS in EHS, PhD in EHS, MS in Toxicology, PhD in Toxicology), and graduate professional degrees (MPH concentrated in EHS and DrPH concentrated in EHS). The Department currently houses over 50 graduate students, over 100 undergraduate students, various numbers of visiting scientists, and postdoctoral associates.  

Faculty research in the EHS Department explores many aspects of the field with the four main foci being 1) water-borne pathogens and chemical contamination, 2) airborne toxins, 3) foodborne toxins, and 4) environment-genetic interactions and interventions. Investigations in these foci  have been funded by many agencies, including the US National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Agriculture, US Geological Survey, US Food and Drug Administration, US Agency for International Development, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,  and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Georgia Cancer Coalition, and Georgia Sea Program.

To continue learning more about the growth and developments at the EHS Department, I invite you to check our website for updates frequently.


Dr. J.-S. Wang