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Environmental Health Research at Ohio State

Studying the relationship between human health and the environment requires the collaboration of a variety of disciplines and approaches. Current research themes across Ohio State include:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Emerging and legacy contaminants in water, air and soil
  • Risk and decision science, education and community engagement in public health

Go to the Environmental Health researchers group in our Directory.

Research Centers and Initiatives

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Division of Environmental Health Sciences, College of Public Health
Multidisciplinary public health research on both the environmental and biological processes and mechanisms underlying human disease and prevention as well as strategies for disease prevention and health promotion.

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Ohio Water Resources Center
The WRC promotes innovative, water-related research in the State of Ohio through research grant competitions, coordination of interdisciplinary research proposals, and educational outreach activities.


Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center (OARDC)
Research, development, and commercialization of agricultural products with particular focus on bioenergy, biobased products, environmental quality and sustainability, food security and production.

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Initiative in Population Research
A multidisciplinary population and health research center at Ohio State University consisting of faculty across multiple departments.

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Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA)
An interdisciplinary of group of scholars in social/behavioral sciences, physical/environmental sciences, engineering, health/medical sciences, and the humanities focusing on the impact of public policies in urban and regional development on the economy, society, environment, and public health.

Center for Historical Research at Ohio State

Center for Historical Research
Interdisciplinary center running year-long programs of study centered around important historical issues around the world (currently: Health, Disease and Environment in World History). The Center welcomes for year-long residency visiting senior, junior, and dissertation fellows chosen through an international competition.

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Food Animal Health Research Program
The program's research focus is on pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and control of animal disease to support the animal industries in economically producing safe, wholesome food in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

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Social Responsibility Initiative
Interdisciplinary research group aiming to incorporate dialogue with stakeholders into research about pressing food, agricultural and environmental issues, from genetically modified foods and environmental quality to urban sprawl and the globalization of agriculture.

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Human Dimensions of the Environment Group
Human Dimensions of Environment (HDE) is an interdisciplinary research group at The Ohio State University focused on promoting social-behavioral approaches to the environment through cross-university research, teaching and outreach collaborations.

Graduate Programs with a Focus on Environmental Health

Department of Public Health
Environmental Science Graduate Program
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering
Department of Food and Animal Health Research Program

For a complete list of environmental graduate programs, please visit the Graduate Programs page.