Environmental Health Sciences

The mission of the Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Department at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) is to advance scientific knowledge about the connections between environment and health through:

  • Research in the fields of environmental epidemiology, molecular toxicology, exposure science, risk assessment, biomarkers, epigenetics, and gene-environment interactions. 
  • Education of the next generation of scientists and public health leaders that can design science-based solutions for and explain current and future environmental health challenges.  

Our multidisciplinary research involves collaborations from across YSPH, throughout Yale University, and around the world. Our faculty is committed to training EHS students and fellows who are a central focus of the EHS teaching and research activities. 

Student Profiles

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Elise Elliott

A native of the Netherlands, Elise Elliott’s path to public health came through her work studying the nephrotoxic effects of metals such as lead, arsenic and cadmium on human populations...

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Jessica Bonthius

Jessica Bonthius was motivated to start the MPH program by a desire to gain skills in epidemiology and biostatistics that would allow her to build on her background in toxicology and tackle...

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Vanessa Lamers

Vanessa Lamers presents her thesis, “Water Quality Near Shale Gas Development in Rural Southwestern Pennsylvania” to faculty and students in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.