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Research in Environmental Health Sciences

The Environmental Health Sciences faculty, staff, and students conduct important research in many areas of occupational and environmental health. Expertise of each faculty member is shown with his/her biography.

Examples of research opportunities include:

Respiratory Health

Faculty at MEZCOPH study occupational & environmental aspects of respiratory health. Approaches include human physiologic studies, occupational pulmonary epidemiology, assessment of exposures, respiratory protection methods, effects of biodiesel and beryllium exposure, and epidemiologic studies of air pollution effects on children’s lung development.

Environment Exposure Science and Risk Assessment Center

The Environment Exposure Science And Risk Assessment Center provides expertise to industry, the community, researchers and collaborates with colleagues across campus in the areas of human exposure science and risk assessment of chemical, biological and physical hazards to workers and communities.

Quantitative Exposure Risk Modeling

Exposure control policy-whether at the level of an individual community or on a national scale-depends on understanding the magnitude of risks. Faculty and students combine empirical exposure measurements and mathematical approaches to quantitatively estimate risk and inform policy decisions.

Mining Safety and Health

The University Of Arizona is a leading center for mining related research. Several EHS faculty members collaborate closely with the Western Mining Health and Safety Training Center.

Occupational Health and Toxicology

The research teams address a broad array of occupational health issues to protect workers from illness and injury and to promote healthy activities.

Environmental Microbiology

The University of Arizona is one of the top institutions for research in environmental microbiology. EHS faculty members are involved in developing methods for measuring microbes in the environment and assessing how multiple factors may affect their presence and the spread of infectious disease.

Global Health and Border Issues

EHS faculty examine environmental health issues around the world and issues specific to our unique location along the US Mexico border, where the developing world intersects with the developed world. Topics that our faculty are involved in are related to infectious disease, children's health and water issues.

Public Health Interventions

One of the goals of environmental health is to reduce the burden of occupational/environmental diseases. EHS faculty are involved in projects aimed at reducing exposures by developing and evaluating interventions in workplaces and at the community level.

Public safety

Public safety employees include firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and other public health service officers. The Public Safety Institute facilitates translation of research into improvements in the health of public safety employees as well as the safety of the general public.

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