Global Research in Environmental Health Sciences at UC Berkeley

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Our Faculty's global Research

Environmental Health Sciences faculty educate, challenge, mentor, and inspire tomorrow’s leaders in environmental health. Our faculty have internationally recognized expertise in addressing pressing global challenges in health and the environment, including through the design and conduct of environmental epidemiological studies; the development of biological markers (such as changes in DNA) that can serve as indicators of human exposure to environmental contaminants; the estimation of the burden of disease attributable to environmental factors; and the projection of the health of populations in the face of environmental change. Our research projects in key areas of emphasis are further strengthened by collaborations with world-class faculty across the UC Berkeley campus, as well as through partnerships with other top research institutions in the US and around the world. Our research activities are organized into high-impact research centers and initiatives, including:


Student Research achievements

Theses and capstone projects allow EHS students to explore an environmental health issue in depth, gaining practical skills and experience, while sharpening their analytical and communication skills and opening up new career options. Examples of recent theses and capstone projects led by EHS students include:

  • The Contribution of Household Heating to Ambient PM2.5 In Peri-urban Beijing and its Population Exposure Implications – Jiawen Liao, 2016

  • Field Emissions of the TurboPatsari Insert: Can the Popular Be Made Clean – David Molmen, 2016

  • Temperature, Rainfall, and Diarrheal Disease in South India Children – Andrew Mertens, 2016

  • Effects of Occupational Heat Exposure on Traffic Police Workers in Ahmedabad, India – Amee Raval, 2016

  • Association between Small-Scale Fishery Participation and Severe Household Food Insecurity: The case of Kenyan fishing communities on Lake Victoria – Erika Gavenus, 2014

  • Environmental Determinants of Human Liver Fluke Transmission in Aquaculture Systems in China and Thailand – Tomás León, 2014

  • Small shot, big deal: Unrecognized perceptions of the use of injectable contraception in India – Anne Berg Villumsen, 2013

  • The Contribution of Household Solid Fuel Use to Ambient Particulate Pollution in a Village in Peri-Urban Beijing – Anna Zimmermann, 2013

  • Association between food insecurity and child cognitive development in Kenyan community on Lake Victoria – Erin Milner, 2013

  • Social and cultural factors modifying the transmission of Schistosomiasis in Yi communities of Sichuan Province of China – Qianyi Jessica Li, 2012

  • Lead content of retail jewelry: an analysis of products sold in California and the performance of state and federal lead regulations – Vanessa Coffman, 2011

  • Assessing and mapping determinants of vulnerability to heat waves in San Francisco – Courtney Smith, 2011

  • Neurodevelopmental performance among school age children in rural Guatemala is associated with prenatal and postnatal exposure to carbon monoxide, a marker for exposure to woodsmoke – Linda Dix-Cooper, 2011