We study how environmental and workplace factors affect human health and how to 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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  • Smog-filled cityscapes have become a common scene around the world, a problem that some metropolises have battled for decades. Four mayors from major cities – Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens – recently decided to take a drastic action: They want to eliminate all diesel vehicles from their roads by 2025. Interim Dean Joel Kaufman is quoted. In the News
    Christian Science Monitor | December 2, 2016
  • Pesticide exposure may change the makeup of bacteria in the mouths of farm workers, a new UW study led by Ian Stanaway and Elaine Faustman finds. In the News
    U.S. News and World Report | November 28, 2016
  • PhD student Karen Michael authored a blog about her research on C. difficile. In the News
    Oxford University Press Blog | November 15, 2016