We study how environmental factors can harm human health and how to identify, prevent, and control their effects.  Our goal—through researchteaching, and service—is prevention and protection.

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  • Residents living near active natural gas wells in Pennsylvania suffer from more respiratory and skin conditions than people living further away, a new study led by Peter Rabinowitz has found. In the News
    US News & World Report | September 10, 2014
  • Health officials need to be a much bigger part of decisions about how to reduce and deal with the effects of climate change, says Professor Kristie Ebi. In the News
    Thomson Reuters Foundation AlertNet | August 29, 2014
  • The Seattle Times editorial board says David Fleming's successor at Public Health - Seattle & King County should adopt and continue some of the same strategies that made him such an effective leader. Howard Frumkin, dean of the School of Public Health, is quoted. In the News
    The Seattle Times | August 10, 2014