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Our mission in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) is to protect and improve health by identifying, evaluating, and disseminating knowledge about the impact of environmental exposures and climate changes on human health and disease. Academic programs and research activities across disciplines develop public health professionals who will be leaders in solving local, national, and global issues presented by environmental and climate challenges.


Our talented students come from diverse backgrounds to learn and integrate skilled techniques in preparation to face the challenges posed by the fast changing environmental health field. Students are a priority within EHS, with faculty and staff actively engaging, mentoring, and teaching students in the MPH, MS, PhD, and DrPH programs.


EHS faculty have a wide range of expertise needed to address the large spectrum of environmental health challenges our world is facing. Faculty research overlaps in common methodologies and underlying themes within a collaborative EHS environment, yet is interdiciplinary and innovative in proposing novel scientific questions around public health.

Centers and Programs

There are five centers and programs within EHS focused on both laboratory and community-based research to translate findings into updated public health policies.

Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH)

Directed by Frederica Perera, CCCEH is one of eight designated by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the EPA.



Columbia Climate and Health Program (CCHP)

Directed by Jeff ShamanCCHP fosters innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching on the human health dimensions of climate change.




NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan

Directed by Andrea Baccarelli, the NIEHS Center works to identify and understand environmental exposures contributing to the pathophysiology of human disease. 



Superfund Research Program

Directed by Joseph Graziano, the Superfund Program investigates the health effects, geochemistry, and remediation of arsenic, with a focus on groundwater. 




The Program to Inspire Minority Undergraduates in Environmental Health Science Research (PrIMER) teaches students about environmental health research. 




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