What is Environmental Health ?
In the past, biomedical scientists studied
diseases one gene at a time, an approach that has been
successful in understanding genetic diseases such as cystic
fibrosis. Alternatively, other scientists measured how
environmental factors lead to disease, an approach that has been
successful with occupational diseases like asbestosis.
Today modern investigations emphasize how the combined influence of host
and environmental factors modulate individual susceptibility to
At the nexus of nature and nurture lies environmental
health, the science that seeks to find the clues to how the
genome responds to environmental adversity.
Such studies are likely to provide new insights into
cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes,
and various other common diseases.
To better understand the
links between environmental contamination and disease,
environmental health uses a multidisciplinary approach of
exposure assessment, Environmental Genetics and Molecular
Toxicology , clinical medicine, population genetics, and
at the University of Cincinnati
Department of Environmental Health is part of the College of
Medicine and is housed in a state-of-the-art research facility
equipped with the latest technologies in environmental
chemistry, aerosol physics, genomics, and molecular genetics.
The department offers graduate degrees and medical residencies.
Its graduate programs are Environmental Genetics and Molecular
Toxicology , environmental and Occupational Hygiene,
environmental and occupational medicine, and epidemiology and
Graduates find careers ranging from the practical, such as
occupational medicine and environmental hygiene, to basic
research into how genetic and environmental factors affect
susceptibility to disease. Our graduates share a common goal: to
improve the quality of life by understanding the causes of
environmental damage and identifying the effective methods of
Environmental Health the study of human health in the
Environmental health is the
study of the role of environmental factors in adverse human
health outcomes and how to recognize and prevent these effects.
The field concerns itself with:
charactering human exposures
assuring air and water quality
- controlling of workplace hazards
- discovering the genetic factors that influence disease
- diagnosing and treating occupational illnesses
- assessing disease incidence across large populations
Environmental health focuses on the human health significance of
every day exposures with a lessen emphasis on environmental
quality and the health of ecosystems.