Area of Emphasis: Environment and Infectious Disease

Berkeley faculty are tackling pressing global infectious disease challenges with an environmental perspective, exploring the diverse environmental phenomena that influence the transmission of high priority global pathogens, including those that cause malaria, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, enteric infections and soil-transmitted helminths. EHS faculty -- including Profs. Justin Remais, Robert Spear Mark Nicas and Dennis Shusterman -- are examining the complex dynamics, exposures, feedbacks and spatial flows inherent in the transmission of environmentally driven infectious diseases, focusing on vector-borne diseases, tropical parasites and waterborne pathogens.

Students pursuing M.P.H., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in EHS can learn about and research the infectious disease consequences of environmental processes, including weather, climate extremes, hydrology, development projects, and land use change, and can focus on anthroponotic and zoonotic diseases of global significance with respect to how environmental factors shape their distributions, intensity, environmental fate, transport, and persistence.

Berkeley scholars are at the forefront of research on the environmental determinants of infectious diseases, including distinguished faculty such as Profs. Jack Colford, Eva Harris, Lee Riley and John Marshall. EHS students work in partnership with these and other faculty to contribute to a deeper understanding of the infectious disease consequences of climate change, dams, migration, irrigation, industrialization, agricultural intensification and de/reforestation, as well as learn analytical tools appropriate for studying the epidemiology of environmental pathogens. Students have made critical contributions to topics related to waterborne and vector-borne diseases, zoonotic disease and OneHealth, environmental surveillance and detection, and modeling of the dynamics of infectious diseases.