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Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Hannah Smith, undergraduate student in environmental sciences and engineering (pictured with department chair Barbara Turpin, PhD), is the first winner of the new departmental BSPH Distinguished Scholar Award. Graduate student Gabriella Gallo won the Environmental Sciences and and Engineering Achievement Award and graduate student Alexandra George won the George C. Bunker Award.
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.

Barbara Turpin, Chair and 2017 ESE Distinguished Alumna Marla Smith-Nilson

Marla Smith-Nilson (MSEE 1994), founder and Executive Director of Water1st International, is the 2017 Environmental Sciences and Engineering Distinguished Alumna. She accepted her award and presented a seminar – Solving Global Water & Sanitation Problems with Lessons Learned as an ESE Student – on April 6, 2018 at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Visit our Environmental Sciences and Engineering Alumni page for more details.