A Message From Our Chair

Tara Sabo Atwood

As a department in the College of Public Health and Health Professions, Environmental and Global Health (EGH) focuses on innovative solutions to complex human and ecosystem health problems caused by the global intersection of humans, animals, and the environment. We serve as a hub for faculty and students dedicated to excellence in education, research, and practice in the environmental health sciences.

Faculty members in the department are highly recognized for their research accolades in areas that include environmentally-mediated infectious disease, virus discovery, environmental toxicology, environmental change (e.g. climate), nanoscience, aquatic animal health, air and water quality, global health nutrition, human-animal bonds, social determinants of health and seafood and crop worker safety.

Our innovative projects are based in the U.S. and in several countries around the world, including Haiti, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Niger, Ethiopia, Kenya, Trinidad, Zambia, Tanzania, Mongolia and Indonesia that span basic laboratory and social science to field-based and quantitative modeling approaches. As public health practitioners, engagement with communities is central to our approach. The department collaborates extensively with other members of UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute, The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, and the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology and highly supports the One Health Center of Excellence.

Our diverse faculty are committed to training the next generation of scientists and public health practitioners to meet the challenges of evolving and emerging public health issues. Through our doctoral and masters programs we offer several training avenues that include modern curriculum coupled with on-site field courses. Our strong connections with state and federal agencies (i.e. Departments of Health, NASA, CDC, EPA) and our local communities offer valued experiential learning opportunities that robustly prepare our students for the public health workforce in Florida and beyond. We are continuing to build on our strengths in One Health and pride ourselves on offering the first One Health degree programs in the world.

I am truly excited to serve as Chair of such a dynamic, pioneering group of faculty and students who have a passion for their work and stand at the cutting edge of environmental and global health.

Tara Sabo-Attwood, Chair
Department of Environmental and Global Health

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