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The origin of the Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences began about 70 years ago with Dr. Robert A.Kehoe’s research in the late 1920s under the aegis of the General Motors Research Corporation, on the newly developed industrial
compounds, tetraethyl lead and Freon. Dr. Kehoe was a pioneer in Occupational and Environmental Medicine in two ways: he was the first to assemble a multidisciplinary team of physicians, analytical chemists, toxicologists, industrial hygienists, and
engineers to study occupational and environmental health problems and was the first to appreciate the linkage between pollution in the workplace and the environment.
Under the next director, Dr. Edward Radford, the Department began its close and sustained linkage with the then newly formed National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Raymond Suskind was Director
from 1969 to 1985 during which time the size of the Department and the range of its activities in environmental health increased to its present scope.
The fourth wing of the Kettering Complex, initiated during Dr. Suskind’s directorship, was completed in 1992. The funding provided by the State of Ohio recognized the dominant role in Environmental Health that the Department plays in the State of
Ohio and nationally. This state-of-the-art research building is an important step in the long range plan to modernize the facilities of the Department.
Dr. Roy Albert succeeded Dr. Suskind as Director in 1985. During his stewardship, the Department’s research budget tripled to $15 million annually. Its national ranking moved to the top 10% of comparable departments and it became the largest research
department at the University of Cincinnati. During these years, the transition to molecular research began with the recruitment of Drs. Nebert, Loper and Dixon, which stimulated greater integration of activities within the College of Medicine and
other components of the University.
In 2020, the department was renamed to the Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences, and the emphasis on integration of activities in the College of Medicine continues to increase. The Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences
now has a number of multi-college and multi-departmental centers.
Department of Environmental & Public Health SciencesKettering Lab Building160 Panzeca WayCincinnati, OH 45267-0056Mail Location: 0056Phone: 513-558-5701