Environmental health research explores the impacts of our natural and man-made environment on human health. Yet, the environment is not limited to our air, water, soil and food. It also encompasses our sociocultural environment, economic environment, work environment and family environment. The phrase “applied environmental health” means translating the results of environmental health research into positive actions and public health interventions that are appropriate in the context of our total sociocultural and economic environment at local, national and global levels.
We offer students flexible and individualized programs of study through our Master of Public Health (MPH) Program in Environmental Health Sciences and our Doctorate (PhD) Program in Toxicology and Environmental Health. Our programs are designed not only to satisfy the academic goals of our students but also to help them acheive their life and career goals.
Creating Partnerships to Find Global Solutions
The faculty members of the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health collaborate with state, federal, international and private agencies to develop research solutions that address pressing environmental health problems. For example, the Institute is working with the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities to identify which communities are most impacted by environmental, socioeconomic, or health disparities. Other faculty members collaborate with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to identify the sources of antibiotic resistance and microbial contamination in foods. Another area of research involves the relationship between air pollution and asthma as well as other chronic health outcomes.
Beyond our neighborhoods, environmental health has a global impact. We also partner with international organizations in order to conduct environmental health research that results in successful, sustainable interventions that improve the health of communities worldwide.