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 service 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 (e.g. cholera, schistosomiasis, malaria and other food/water-borne diarrheal diseases), airborne pathogen transmission, virus discovery, arthropod-borne viruses (chikungunya, dengue, zika, malaria, etc.) and their vectors, environmental toxicology, environmental change (e.g. climate), nanoscience, aquatic animal health, water quality and sanitation, global health nutrition, and seafood worker safety.

Their 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, and China that span basic laboratory and social science to field-based and quantitative modeling approaches. The department collaborates extensively with other members of UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute and the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology.

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 level programs we offer several training avenues that include modern, blended curriculum coupled with on-site field courses. We are continuing to build on our strengths in One Health and pride ourselves on offering the first One Health degree programs nationally.

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