Message from Barbara Turpin, Chair of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

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Dr. Turpin

Today, preventable exposures to environmental agents account for 24 percent of disease globally. Climate and environmental change threaten food security, air and water quality and especially affect vulnerable populations. UNC Gillings’ Department of Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) is uniquely positioned to advance solutions to the looming environmental health problems. 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 take with them an integrated, interdisciplinary, quantitative, mechanistic education that links health risks back to sources. They are engaged in efforts to improve environmental quality locally and globally, including through technological innovation, effective environmental management, research and community engagement.

We are looking to the future and celebrating our past accomplishments as we prepare for our Centennial in a few short years (2021).