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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  • Howard Frumkin says climate change is "the biggest health challenge in the coming century." In the News
    Wired | November 19, 2014
  • Asthma has long been recognized as a problem among Yakima Valley children. More recently, outdoor air pollution, in particular pollutants from large animal-feeding operations, was linked to asthma in a study led by Catherine Karr. In the News
    Yakima Herald | November 18, 2014
  • Sheela Sathyanarayana led research that found a child's diet contains high levels of phthalates, a chemical associated with neuro developmental issues and changes in behavior. In the News
    KOMO 4 News | November 11, 2014