The Department of Environmental Health Sciences conducts laboratory and applied field research on the impact of the environment on human health. The overarching research foci encompass factors influencing water quality and disaster management impact on health. Health endpoints of specific interest are: cancer, respiratory disease including asthma, gastro-intestinal disorders, workplace health, and adverse reproductive health. Areas include: •Public health aspects of water quality: public health microbiology and virology, water quality, microbial risk assessment, water policy and management, metagenomics and bioinformatics, environmental biotechnology, biosensors, water reuse, water treatment, antibiotic resistance, and opportunistic premise plumbing pathogens. •Environmental and genetic toxicology: environmental stresses induced by xenobiotic compounds; mutagenesis; carcinogenesis; DNA damage and repair environmental and molecular toxicology mechanisms of genetic damage and mutagenesis; gene-environment interactions in environmental disease; carcinogens and their mechanisms of action; and xenobiotic-induced metabolic dysregulation of macro-nutrients. •Public health disaster management: community resilience and health systems preparedness; and health disparities.
Funded by NIH for community-based research. The center facilitates collaborative research and the transfer of information with community-based organizations along the Gulf Coast. The Center employs evidence-based approaches to guide and deliver outreach and education programs. The center seeks to empower and move communities toward solutions to pressing environmental health issues by providing leadership development and engaging a core of community stakeholders. Community-based projects include the following:
CAEPH uses a multidisciplinary approach to assess the impact of environmental agents on human health. CAEPH researchers utilize computing technology as a tool to analyze data and to assess the health impact of environmental contaminants. Areas of study include: childhood lead poisoning; application of surveillance methodology and data analysis to environmental health issues; and the translation of research for applications in environmental health practice.
CAEPH is a leader in public health education using distance learning to provide master’s degrees in occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene and disaster management.
CAEPH provides professional development through the Region 6 Public Health Training Center funded by HRSA.
Link to Tulane: http://sph.tulane.edu/gehs/research-centers
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