About the Center


The Harvard Chan-National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Center for Environmental Health is a coordinated set of resources and facilities supporting environmental health research and training activities throughout the Boston area. Located at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, the Center promotes integration between basic and applied environmental science, and fosters collaborations that cross departmental and institutional boundaries.

Our research combines population and patient based studies with mechanistic laboratory investigation to illuminate the pathways by which environmental exposures cause health effects. We prioritize questions that are directly relevant to real human populations, thus pivoting a two-way conversation between scientific knowledge production and community needs and values.

Rapid technological developments and the increasingly wired and connected world have expanded our ability to measure the external environment, human biology, and their interaction to generate a rich and nuanced picture of environmental exposures of people and place. The future of environmental health will be one of complex integration across a varied and rich exposure space. With this in mind, the theme of the Harvard Chan-NIEHS Center is a re-envisioning of the exposure environment and the integrated effects of chemical and non-chemical stressors of people and place to better understand the impact of exposure on human health.