• Departments
  • Public Health Science
  • Div. of Public Health
  • Div. of Health Care Management and Policy
  • Environmental Health
  • Faculty
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Medical Residency Training Program

 Environmental Health

Our department will cover novel monitoring techniques pertaining to various environmental contaminants that affect human health. Our interdisciplinary academic program includes air pollution and climate change, environmental health microbiology, environmental chemistry, environmental toxicology, indoor environment and exposure assessments, biomonitoring and biomarkers, environmental medicine, and occupational health.



• Major in Industrial Health


[Assessment and control of the exposure and occurrence of hazard factors caused by occupational and environmental conditions]
- The prediction, recognition, evaluation, and improvement of hazardous factors which arise in workplaces
- Provides the groundwork for the positions of industrial hygienists and industrial health physicians for government, industry, and universities.
- Research on the methodologies and health research tools for the protection of workers and the public from hazard factors



• Major in Environmental Chemistry/Monitoring


[Study the transport and fate mechanisms of emerging environmental pollutants in the environment, especially in water systems]
- Environmental media, especially pollution monitoring in water
- Pollution assessments of human health and ecosystems caused by environmental pollution
- Exposure assessment and treatments to minimize adverse effects on humans and ecosystems



• Major in Air Pollution and Climate Change


[Study of the identify air pollutants and health effects caused by air pollution]
- Identify the contribution of pollutant sources by monitoring pollutants using a receptor model
- Identify the major mechanisms to reduce mercury levels in ecosystems and establish a multimedia model of mercury behavior
- Study/education to improve the reliability of national statistical practices and propose the calculation of greenhouse gas emission



• Major in Environmental Health Microbiology


[Focused on understanding the fate and transport of microbial pathogens in the environment, developing novel methods to monitor microbial pathogens in the environment]
- Study of the detection and control of viruses and indicator organisms
- Study of the human microbiome for the treatment and clarification of correlations between chronic human diseases



• Major in Environmental Toxicology


[Focuses on the effects of environmental contaminants and physicochemical stressors on various ecological receptors especially as they affect human beings]
- Research on environmental hazards using molecular biology and genetics tools with aquatic organisms as model species and several cell lines
- Determine the correlation between hazard exposure evaluations of a target group of humans and potential health effects resulting in hazard exposure
- Research on the impacts of ecological receptors by environmental pollutants and hazardous physicochemical factors



• Major in Exposure Science and Indoor Environmental Quality


[Study to identify potential hazards, evaluate the risk they pose to persons, property and equipment, and recommend control measures to manage the risks]
- Knowing quantitatively what people are exposed to, including how much, when, and where pollutants comes from, is the centerpiece of exposure analysis
- Requires interdisciplinary approaches, as the indoor environmental quality can be affected by the pollutant source and by ventilation, pollutant transportation and occupants



• Major in Human Exposure Assessment and Toxicology


[Focused on internal dose of in human population and health outcomes after exposure to environmental contaminants]
- Determine biomarkers of environmental toxicants using instruments such as LC-MS/MS and explore the dose, source and pathways of the exposure
- Investigate interindividual variability of toxic effects with animal model and human pannel
- Apply physiologically-based pharmacokinetic models (PBPK) to estimation of the intake amounts of environmental contaminants and risk assessment



• Major in Environmental Health Engineering


[Study on the understanding of human health impacts caused by atmospheric aerosols and bioaerosols]
- Application of molecular biology-based methods to understand transport and risk of atmospheric biological particles
- Development of the Personal Aeroallergen Sampler (PAAS) to facilitate personal exposure assessments for biological particles
- Application of molecular biology-based techniques such as quantitative PCR and next-generation pyrosequencing to characterize microbial communities in indoor and outdoor environments