Environmental Health

The impacts of climate change on health are of critical concern to multinational corporations, and require swift and creative action in order to protect business continuity. Companies face risk throughout their supply chains related to weather and  natural disasters. Access to raw materials and to energy are already being affected, as are the health and wellbeing of their workforce and consumers. Columbia Mailman School’s Climate and Health program, the first of its kind in a school of public health, is advancing society’s capacity to understand, anticipate, and prevent adverse health consequences related to climate change with findings that are of direct value to decision makers.

Key Faculty

Andrea Baccarelli, MD, PhD, MPH, serves as the Environmental Health Sciences department chair. A board-certified clinical endocrinologist, Baccarelli explores potential pathways linking environmental pollutants to human disease. His lab investigates health effects from particulate air pollution, metals, Bisphenol A, phthalates, and pesticides, and common risk factors, such as psychosocial violence, second-hand smoking, and maternal diet and metabolic alterations. His work spans the U.S. as well as Bulgaria, Canada, China, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Oman, Poland, Russia, Thailand, and other countries.

Jeffrey Shaman, PhD, is a professor of Environmental Health Sciences and director of the Climate and Health Program. He focuses on climate, atmospheric science and hydrology, as well as biology, and studies the environmental determinants of infectious disease transmission, including mosquito-borne disease transmission, and how meteorology affects health. Shaman develops mathematical and statistical systems for generating forecasts of infectious disease outbreaks.  He also studies a number of climate phenomena, including Rossby wave dynamics, atmospheric jet waveguides, and tropical cyclogenesis.

Marianthi-Anna Kioumourtzoglou, MSPH, ScD, is an environmental engineer and epidemiologist and an assistant professor of Environmental Health Sciences. Her  research focuses on applied statistical issues related to environmental epidemiology, including assessment of complex exposures in health analyses. Her studies primarily focus on air pollution and, additionally, on identifying how risks may vary across differing urban characteristics, as well as in a changing climate.