Our 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, safe and sustainable water resources, climate change and One Health draw from faculty expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering and policy.
Coronavirus Affects Everyone: The Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering Responds
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering faculty members Rachel Noble, Jill Stewart and several others from NC State, UNC-Wilmington and UNC-Charlotte are identifying COVID-19 hot spots through wastewater surveillance across North Carolina. They are using a new testing tool for improved assessment of the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in North Carolina, with particular attention to rural water systems.
- 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
The kickoff has begun! Our centennial celebration will be April 10, 2021.
Message from the Chair
"We are the nation's first Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in a school of public health, and the Gillings School 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..."Read more from Dr. Turpin.