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Environmental Health Sciences

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences offers a multidisciplinary academic program that provides an interface between the environment and humans. Biological, physical, and chemical factors in natural and manmade environments are important determinants of human health risks.


Environmental Health Sciences

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, human exposure assessment & toxicology, 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 Built Environment System and Technology

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

Atmospheric Chemistry Monitoring and Modeling

Understanding on chemical reactions and physico-chemical properties of atmospheric aerosol and gaseous pollutants and their impacts on air pollution, climate change, and human health

-  Studies on lifecycle (formation, growth and aging mechanism) and physico-chemical properties of air pollutants through chamber experiment and chemical modeling.
-  Studies on climate effect of air pollutants by monitoring and parameterization of the chemical and optical properties
- Studies on health effects of aerosols by investigating the generation activity of physico-chemical property dependent reactive oxygen species.


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