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The Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences is part of the College of Medicine and is housed in a state-of-the-art research facility equipped with the latest technologies in environmental chemistry, aerosol physics, genomics, and molecular genetics. The department offers graduate degrees and medical residencies. Its graduate programs are Environmental Genetics and Molecular Toxicology, environmental and Occupational Hygiene, environmental and occupational medicine, and epidemiology, and biostatistics.

Graduates find careers ranging from the practical, such as occupational medicine and environmental hygiene, to basic research into how genetic and environmental factors affect susceptibility to disease. Our graduates share a common goal: to improve the quality of life by understanding the causes of environmental damage and identifying the effective methods of prevention.

Study Finds Children Exposed to Lead Have Worse Jobs and Poorer Cognition as Adults

Article includes comments from Kim Dietrich, PhD, professor in the UC Department of Environmental Health.

Although lead has long been recognized as toxic and lead paint has been banned in the United States for 40 years, it continues to wreak developmental havoc on children. Most recently, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, brought this decades-old problem to the fore yet again. Now, a new study is the latest to confirm that lead exposure not only damages cognitive function but also leads to lower socioeconomic status.

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160 Panzeca Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0056
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