Environmental Health

B.S. in Public Health (BSPH)

The Department of Environmental Health has highly trained, experienced top-notch faculty who are actively involved in the BSPH as teachers and student mentors. BSPH classes in the environmental health specialization are taught by full-time faculty and are typically small in size (less than 30 students) allowing for individual attention. Faculty members are actively involved in lab and field-based research on important local, regional, and global environmental health issues.

Faculty research is being conducted in Indiana, on the US-Mexico border, and in Bangladesh, China, Ecuador, Libya, Egypt, Taiwan, and Nigeria. Opportunities exist for motivated, qualified students in BSPH Environmental Health specialization to participate in faculty research lab and field research.

Some examples of current faculty research include:

  • Effects of traffic-related air pollutants on human cardiorespiratory health 
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie disease development and progression.
  • Epigenetic modifications and gene regulation
  • Role of environmental factors in pancreatic and breast cancer
  • Impact of climate change on household food and water security in developing countries
  • Neurobehavioral and mental health outcomes of environmental and occupational exposures  
  • Mechanisms of chemically induced toxicity and carcinogenesis with emphasis on human health and genetic and environmental factors affecting human risk
  • Effects of natural environments on human health and well-being
  • Occupational health of agricultural workers
  • Prevention and control of TB and vector-borne parasitic diseases of public health importance
  • Industrial hygiene and environmental exposure assessment, focusing on environmental microbiology, including the disruption of the transmission of highly infectious disease.
  • Oxidative stress and oxidative damage in carcinogenesis
  • Advancing human health risk assessment to support environmental policy making 
  • Improvement of dose-response analysis through advanced analytics.
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