Department Programs

Our department focuses on complex problems that require the contributions of many specialties. Our faculty, research staff, and students reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the field and include chemists, engineers, epidemiologists, applied mathematicians, physicians, occupational health nurses, physiologists, cell biologists, molecular biologists, and microbiologists.

Teaching and research activities of the department are carried out through three programs:

  • MIPS: Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences

    MIPS  faculty study the biological mechanisms underlying health effects of environmental exposures. We focus on three main problems: air pollution, lung infection, and asthma.

  • EOME: Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology (formerly Occupational Health)

    EOME faculty investigate and prevent heath risks associated with environmental and occupational hazards by conducting original research and outstanding professional education. We have three main areas of emphasis: biomedical aspects of disease and injury, human studies, and molecular epidemiology.

  • EER: Exposure, Epidemiology, and Risk

    EER faculty use an interdisciplinary approach to investigate and mitigate heath risks associated with environmental and occupational hazards and provide scientific evidence for sound environmental and health policies. Focus areas include lead exposure, air pollution, bioaerosols, water, biomarkers, and epigenetics.