Increasing evidence highlights the significant contribution exposure to environmental chemicals, including pesticides and various industrial contaminants, has on human health.
Through ingestion of contaminated food and water, inhalation of pollutants in the air or dust, or dermal absorption of chemicals found in personal care products, these exposures have become part of our daily lives. This realization has motivated a paradigm shift in both the medical and research community to reevaluate our current understanding of the interaction between chemical toxicants and biological processes and how this will influence the health and disease risk for generations.
The ability to critically evaluate chemical contributions to health and disease from a multidisciplinary perspective is imperative for the successful integration of environmental health data and outcomes. With this in mind, classroom and research training in the Department of Environmental Health draws upon faculty expertise in epidemiology, exposure science, and biological mechanisms of disease and unifies these approaches in a cooperative effort to provide a holistic understanding of the influence of chemical toxicants on human health. Resources and opportunities in the Department of Environmental Health and extending across the university place faculty and students at the forefront of this initiative, making them uniquely positioned to advance the field.