We study how environmental and workplace factors can affect human health and how to identify and prevent these exposures and adverse outcomes. Our goal—through research, teaching, and service—is to protect human health by reducing harmful exposures and promoting those activities with positive benefits.

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  • Catherine Karr is investigating air pollution in the Yakima Valley and how it may affect
    children who suffer from asthma.
    In the News
    UW Health Sciences NewsBeat | February 4, 2015
  • The world is quickly approaching a point where the question isn’t whether to respond to climate change—it’s how, writes Kristie Ebi and co-authors in this op-ed. In the News
    Newsweek | February 4, 2015
  • Evidence bears out predictive model of pesticides in diet: Lower pesticide metabolite levels seen in people who eat organic produce News Release
    February 3, 2015