Area of EXPERTISE: environmental and Occupational epidemiology

Berkeley faculty — including Profs. Ellen Eisen, Michael Bates, Kirk Smith, Andres Cardenas and John Balmes — lead the design and conduct of critical epidemiological studies nationally and internationally, addressing the health effects caused by exposure to chemical, biological and physical agents. EHS students pursuing the M.P.H., M.S. and Ph.D. receive a strong foundation in analytical epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, exposure assessment, environmental and occupational health policy, and toxicology. EHS students who focus on training in environmental epidemiology generally carry out original research, applying analytic epidemiologic methods to an environmental or occupational health question, and generating publishable research findings. Our graduates have gone on to distinguished careers in environmental epidemiology, including holding faculty positions at top universities.

EHS Alumni Elizabeth Carlton is in the top row, second from the right.

EHS Alumni Elizabeth Carlton is in the top row, second from the right.

Berkeley EHS gave me the rigorous academic training, support, and the freedom to pursue my global health interests and become an environmental epidemiologist. The faculty knew how to challenge us, while providing the mentoring and support we needed to mature into scientists and public health leaders. It was really motivating to have mentors who wanted to see their students succeed. My classmates and predecessors in the program, who have made important contributions to public health across sectors and across the globe, make me proud to call myself a UC Berkeley EHS grad.

In addition, the UC Berkeley campus is an amazing place to be a graduate student — with plenty of opportunities for collaborations outside of your department (and good weather and food to boot!).

     -- Elizabeth Carlton (PhD 2012),
         now on the faculty of the University of Colorado, Denver