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Environmental Health Sciences



Investigating. Teaching. Telling. As an international leader in environmental health, the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health promotes excellence, innovation, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Our mission is to advance knowledge, train practitioners and researchers, and communicate evidence-based science to improve health and avoid harm.


  • How the environment in which we live and the food we consume affects our health.
  • How harm can be avoided.
  • How health disparities can be narrowed.
  • How interventions can be implemented.
  • How quality of life can be enhanced through a science-based understanding of human-environment interactions.


  • Teaching and training tomorrow's public health leaders.
  • Developing a culture of life-long learning.
  • Instilling skills and perspectives to bring interdisciplinary and adaptive approaches to public health challenges, old and new.


  • Putting science-based insights on environment-human interactions into professional and personal practice.
  • Supporting policymakers, business leaders, clinicians, and individuals in making evidence-informed decisions.
  • Helping stakeholders implement interventions and policies that protect and improve public health and wellbeing.

Why the University of Michigan?

This is a uniquely superb place to live, learn, and train. We boast a large, multi-disciplinary award-winning faculty with major strengths in industrial hygiene, human nutrition, environmental quality, toxicology, environmental epidemiology, genetics, epigenetics, and risk science. We have a well-funded portfolio of cutting-edge research involving collaborations across the university. Our department offers a curriculum and research base that promote integration, team-work, and high-impact science.

Our faculty are renowned both for their teaching and their research—placing our students and fellows at the center of the department’s activities—and students are empowered to participate in the department’s work in numerous ways.