Director: Phil Brown, University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences.
Conceptualizing, studying, and addressing environmental health problems such as toxic chemicals, climate change, air pollution, biodiversity, and environmental justice requires creative collaborations across disciplines. As a hub for collaborative environmental health learning and interest on campus the Institute trains graduate students and postdocs for community based participatory research aimed at transforming and improving environmental health. At the same time, it provides faculty with a resource to further their existing efforts in those approaches. Integrating basic science, health science, sociology, science studies, and community organizations we aim to develop novel approaches to studying environmental health questions, communication of environmental health data and conceptualization of environmental health socially, politically, and scientifically.