Healthy people, healthy planet

The Gillings School's Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering 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
  • Using molecular approaches to understanding diseases caused by toxic substances in the environment
  • Overcoming environmental health challenges in developing countries

Message from the chair

Dr. Barbara Turpin, headshot
Barbara Turpin, PhD
Professor and 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 United States. Our graduates are innovative problem-solvers who are particularly well-prepared to design and implement effective environmental health solutions... " More >

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