Centers, other programs, and working groups

Center for Health and the Global Environment

The mission of the Center is to help people understand that our health, and that of our children, depends on the health of the environment, and that we must do everything we can to protect it. By focusing on environmental change through the lens of human health, the Center is able to reach people in concrete, personal terms they can relate to and understand.

The CHGE fulfills its mission through four critical programmatic areas: Biodiversity and Human Health; Climate, Health and Energy; Healthy and Sustainable Food; and Classroom Education.

Harvard-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health

The Harvard-NIEHS Center serves as the focus for environmental health research and training activities in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and elsewhere at Harvard University. The Center was established in 1958 to promote interactions among physicians, biological scientists, physical scientists, and engineers working on environmental problems that influence human health.

EPA Center for Ambient Particle Health Effects

The fundamental objective of the proposed Center is to understand how specific PM characteristics and sources impact inflammation, autonomic responses, and vascular dysfunction. The Center will investigate the pathophysiological effects produced by exposures to PM and its gaseous co-pollutants and will examine how these effects relate to PM composition, size and sources.

Harvard Education and Research Center

The objective of the Education and Research Center is to give occupational safety and health professionals the opportunity to develop public health perspectives, a sensitivity about political climates, and the skills and knowledge needed to identify and prevent occupational impairments, disease, and injuries through control or elimination of harmful occupational exposures.

Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology @ HSPH

The Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard NanoCenter) draws on decades of experience with environmental pollutants and the health effects of particles to address the unique environmental health and safety (EHS) concerns raised by engineered nanomaterials (ENM) & nanotechnology applications.

HSPH-Cyprus Program/Cyprus International Institute

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Government of Cyprus have established an international research, education, and technology initiative for the environment and public health to address key environmental issues in Cyprus and the Mediterranean region. Towards this end, two new research and training entities have been created: The Cyprus International Institute (CII) for the Environment and Public Health located in Nicosia, Cyprus, and the HSPH-Cyprus Program (HCP) located in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Superfund Research Program

The NIEHS-funded HSPH Superfund Research Program was established
in 2010 under the direction of pediatrician Dr. Robert Wright. The program’s six research projects and three facility cores share the central theme of exposure to toxic metals and childhood neurological development. These studies follow populations affected by three hazardous waste sites: in Tar Creek, Oklahoma; in Mexico City, Mexico; and in the Mungshiganj and Pabna districts of Bangladesh. At these sites heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, and manganese pollute the air, soil, and groundwater, thus causing neurologic deficiencies and other adverse health problems in the populations. These sites represent exposure levels from a high, middle, and a low-income country with distinct geographies and cultures, yet they do not constitute singular projects carried out in isolation. The highly integrative and collaborative nature of this program ensures that the results cross-pollinate to bring about environmental and health solutions that benefit all three sites.


Genetics and Environmental Health Working Group

The potential for new discoveries at the intersection of these sets of disciplines and problems is very exciting in the new eras of genomics and technology.  We have undertaken to organize these breakfasts because we can envision a number of highly productive outcomes in new collaborations, joint students, papers, grants, etc- but to accomplish this we need to significantly increase our interaction frequency.  We very much hope that you will find the time to attend.

If you have questions, please contact us ( or or Alix Smullin, who is organizing the breakfast series, at

Exposure Biology Working Group

The Exposure Biology Working Group focuses on the development and application of quantitative tools to study the relationship among exposure, dose, and response. The group consists of students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. New members from various departments and centers are welcome to join in the eclectic mix of discussions. Please contact Professor Tom Smith or David Kim for further information.  You can also look at the Group’s website

Environmental Statistics Working Group

This seminar focuses on statistical issues related to assessing environmental effects on human health and analyzing environmental data in general. Specific areas of interest include air pollution epidemiology, exposure assessment, teratology, fertility and reproduction, respiratory studies, and community-based research as well as general topics such as errors-in-variables models, missing data methods, hierarchical modeling, smoothing, and methods for correlated data such as longitudinal and spatial data analysis. The seminars are generally pitched at a level that encourages student participation. Students interested in receiving credit for attending the seminars may sign up with individual faculty members for some guided readings on a special topic. Please see Chris Paciorek for details.

Contact Chris Paciorek or Kimberly Pearson for information.

Water Pollution Group

This group is composed of students, faculty, and researchers who conduct research on issues surrounding water and health. Meetings are informal and often involve updates on current work or short presentations on topics of interest by members of the group. Everyone with an interest in water pollution is welcome.

If you have questions, please contact Jim Shine or look at their website:

Metals Epidemiology Research Group

The Mission of the Harvard-Michigan/Michigan-Harvard Metals Epidemiology Research Group (MERG) is to gain new insights into the impacts of exposure to potentially toxic metals that are of critical importance to public health and medicine by applying multi-disciplinary and novel methods of exposure assessment, genetics, nutrition, psychosocial factors and clinical measurements in epidemiologic studies of human populations around the world.

Landmark Methods Working Group

Working group meets to discuss epidemiology methods issues.  Meetings are held in the Landmark Center, 4th Floor West, Room 403Q.

If you have questions, please contact Katie Taylor.