Message From the Chair
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. EGH serves as a hub for a 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 for meeting 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
Why Environmental and Global Health
The University of Florida is a university united for a greater purpose. Our students utilize more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. With some of the most future-focused facilities led by some of the best minds in their fields, it’s no wonder UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities. The Department of Environmental and Global Health, established in 2009, has contributed significantly to excellence in research, teaching and service to local and global communities. As we continue to grow, our emphasis areas have expanded to reflect the current need for training and expertise required to tackle current and evolving environmental and global health challenges. Unlike many traditional environmental health programs, EGH is uniquely positioned to bridge STEM and public health spheres and to explore the contemporary concept of One Health. The tropical environment of Florida serves as a major gateway for emerging infectious disease and is also a prime site for assessing critical environmental issues associated with climate change, major weather events, and water re-use.
EGH faculty are internationally recognized for their expertise in addressing pressing global challenges that are reflected in our areas of emphasis:
- Exposure Science
- Emerging Environmental Hazards
- Global Environmental Change
- One Health
- Environmental Toxicology
- Environmental Infectious Disease
- Worker Health and Safety
- Global Health Nutrition
Our research is further strengthened by collaborations with world-class faculty across the UF campus, through partnerships with other top research institutions in the US and around the world, and through the research contributions of EGH students.
EGH students are trained to become leaders in research or professional practice to help solve complex health problems caused by the global intersection of humans, animals, and the environment. EGH students take courses that examine a diverse range of issues and learn to develop strategies to measure and control major environmental health problems both locally in Florida and in settings around the globe. Through contemporary teaching that incorporate a One Health approach and one-on-one mentorship, EGH faculty guide students to develop a deeper understanding through the classroom, the laboratory, and field research helping the student apply what they have learned to solve environmental and global health problems in real-world settings.
Careers in Environmental and Global Health
Excellent career opportunities are available for EGH graduates. Our students are highly competitive for environmental and global health positions in government, the private sector, and academia. EGH graduates go on to careers in environmental protection, toxicology and risk assessment, epidemiologic surveillance, sustainable development, emerging infectious disease to name just a few examples. Graduates of the Ph.D. program have taken positions in top academic institutions, both public and private, where they continue to contribute to cutting-edge research. Many also hold positions at federal and state agencies such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Health (DOH) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) while others work in management for NGOs. M.H.S. and M.P.H. graduates often work for similar institutions or track into PhD programs where they contribute to solutions to pressing environmental and global health concerns.