Environmental Health Sciences
The Department of Environmental Health Science (EHS) investigates how the environment influences human health. Our faculty and students explore this complex set of interactions at every level from micro to macro—from the ways that molecules of pollutants alter DNA to the impact of climate change on global patterns of disease. They collaborate with scientists and health officials across New York City, the country and around the globe to address environmental threats to health in communities worldwide.
Our faculty is our greatest strength and asset. EHS faculty have one of Columbia University’s highest ratios of federal research funding per faculty member. Their extensive reach and impact has been recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education which, in a survey of EHS departments nationwide, identified ours as having the largest number of publications, citations, and new grants per faculty member.
EHS enjoys state-of-the-art laboratories that opened their doors in 2010. The department has the School’s largest number of labs measuring 10,000 sq. ft. in total. Many of our MPH students are involved in laboratory and non-laboratory-
based studies. A low student-to-faculty ratio gives our students ample opportunities to work closely with professors.
- 16 Full-Time Faculty
- 59 MPH Students
- 23 Doctoral Candidates