Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Grace Robinson Hyde (MSEE 1983, Research Advisor: Phil Singer), Chief Engineer and General Manager for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, is the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering's Distinguished Alumna for 2016-2017. She will deliver a presentation titled "Sustainability: Building on Past Efforts to Prepare for a Changing Future" on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 2:00pm, in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Message from the Chair
"We’re the nation’s only Department of Environment Science and Engineering in a school of public health, and Gillings is the top public school of public health in the U.S. Our graduates are innovative problem-solvers who are particularly well prepared to design and implement effective environmental health solutions... " More >
Dr. Barbara Turpin, headshot
Barbara Turpin, PhD
Professor and Chair

Our department focuses on the interface between people and the environment.

Uniquely situated in a school of public health, our interdisciplinary programs in air quality and atmospheric processes, human exposure and health effects, and sustainable water resources draw from faculty expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering and policy. Our research strengths include:

  • Characterizing exposures to contaminants in air, water, soil and workplaces;
  • Developing engineering and policy solutions to environmental risks;
  • Molecular approaches to understanding diseases caused by toxic substances in the environment; and
  • Overcoming environmental health challenges in developing countries.