Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences
"Through my interdisciplinary training in water quality, I was able to travel to Cambodia and develop an appropriate drinking water solution using solar water disinfection. This drinking water method is now recognized as a global safe water solution for the millions suffering enteric diseases."
- Ryan Sinclair, PhD, ENHS alumnus and Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, Loma Linda University, School of Public Health
Environmental factors directly impact the health and well being of people throughout the world. Water, air, soil and food are shared resources that transcend geographic boundaries, economic status, and industrial development. From pollution to disasters, environmental health encompasses the impact of environmental factors on human health.
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Assessing and controlling environmental factors is pivotal to protecting health and preventing disease. The mission of the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences is focused on research, teaching, and service to characterize, manage, reduce, and communicate hazards and risks posed by the environment to populations globally, especially those most vulnerable.
The department's overarching focus areas encompass factors influencing water and air quality, and disaster management impact on health. Health endpoints of specific interest are: cancer, respiratory disease including asthma, gastro-intestinal disorders, workplace health, and adverse reproductive health.
The department offers three master's degrees: the MPH in disaster management; the MSPH in global environmental health sciences; and the MSPH in industrial hygiene (also accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Committee (ASAC) of the ABET). In addition, combined degrees offered by the department are the BS/MSPH, MD/MPH, JD/MPH, and MSW/MPH. The department also offers the PhD in global environmental health sciences.
The department also offers top-quality distance learning programs to professionals in industrial hygiene; occupational and environmental health; occupational health and safety management; and disaster management.