With great enthusiasm we are pleased to announce that as of July 1, 2011 we will formalize and expand our global trajectory by changing our name to:
Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences
In early 2011, our strategic plan will be released, featuring a diverse portfolio of global environmental health education and research opportunities. Stay tuned to this departmental site for those details.
Welcome to Environmental Health Sciences!
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. Assessing and controlling environmental factors is pivotal to protecting health and preventing disease. Over the coming year, the Department of Environmental Health Sciences carries out its mission of 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.
"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
"Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine carries with it a tremendous reputation both domestically and globally. With the education and skills I received as a member of the pioneering cohort in the Environmental Health Sciences Disaster Management track, I experienced the reality of this reputation firsthand. The comprehensive coverage of public health theory and practical training equipped me with the knowledge and skills to confidently develop plans and execute responses to all hazard emergencies such as the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic and the Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill".
- Stephen A. Murphy, MPH, MBA; ENHS alumnus and Planning Section Chief, New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Response
The department offers three master's degrees: the MPH in disaster management; the MSPH in environmental health sciences; and the MSPH in industrial hygiene (also accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Committee of the American Board of Engineering and Technology). 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 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.