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Department of Environmental Health and Engineering

Research and Practice

Research and Practice in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering 

The Department of Environmental Health and Engineering offers many academic research and practice opportunities. Students work with their advisers to build on these areas of interest to construct a program that best suits their academic and professional goals and includes sufficient depth and rigor. The combination of coursework, practice, and research experience prepares students for academic and professional careers in environmental science.

Research Areas

Centers and Institutes

The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing

The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) seeks to redefine the future of scientific research by leading the development and use of reduction, refinement, and replacement alternatives in research, testing, and education to protect and enhance the health of the public.

The Center for Climate-Smart Transportation

The Center for Climate-Smart Transportation (CCST) is a Tier 1 University Transportation Center funded by the Department of Transportation. CCST’s research, education, leadership, and technology transfer programs and activities are inspired by the urgent call for evidence-based research that goes beyond scientific merits, focuses on solutions, is practice-ready, and will result in changes in transportation policy and practice.

Community Health: Addressing Regional Maryland Environmental Determinants of Disease (CHARMED) Center

 The mission of the NIEHS P30 Core Center, Community Health: Addressing Regional Maryland Environmental Determinants of Disease (CHARMED), is to build capacity in community-engaged research aimed at understanding the mechanistic links between environmental exposures and adverse health outcomes and translate these findings into action to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals in communities across the greater Maryland region. We are building partnerships with communities of the greater Baltimore region (from Washington, DC through Baltimore, MD, and including some regions of Pennsylvania) to address their environmental concerns.

The Johns Hopkins Education & Research Center for Occupational Safety & Health

The Johns Hopkins Education & Research Center for Occupational Safety & Health (ERC) is a multidisciplinary and interdepartmental program whose objective is to prepare professionals in the field of occupational and environmental safety and health in the areas of research, education, service, and policy development. The center includes five academic programs that comprise the Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center (ERC) for Occupational Safety and Health:  occupational and environmental hygiene, occupational and environmental medicine, occupational and environmental health nursing, biomarkers of exposure and susceptibility, occupational injury epidemiology and prevention, and continuing education and outreach.

The Center for Health Security

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (CLF) explores how new policy approaches, scientific advances, and technological innovations can strengthen health security and save lives. Our research focuses on improving organizations, systems, and tools to prevent and respond to outbreaks and other public health crises. Our mission is to protect people’s health from epidemics and disasters and ensure that communities are resilient to major challenges.

The Center for A Livable Future

The Johns Hopkins Center for A Livable Future (CLF) works with students, educators, researchers, policymakers, advocacy organizations, and communities to build a healthier, more equitable and resilient food system. CLF has been advocating for food system change and protecting the public’s health for more than 25 years.

Institute for Planetary Health

The Johns Hopkins Institute for Planetary Health comprises dedicated faculty, researchers, and students who are committed to working across disciplines to address the urgency of the Earth crisis and its impacts on humanity. 

The Johns Hopkins Psychosocial, Organizational, and Environmental (POE) Center in Mental Health

The Johns Hopkins P.O.E. Total Worker Health® Center (POE Center) was established to focus on work-related mental health issues and solutions. The POE Center is dedicated to improving the mental health of the nation’s workforce through research, education, outreach, and evaluation activities that integrate Psychosocial factors, Organizational conditions, and Environmental exposures as key domains of worker health. The POE Center focuses on mental health and substance use prevention and treatment among workers in several broad cohorts including health care workers and veterinarians, frontline and essential workers, and workers spanning the food system.

The Johns Hopkins University Water Institute

The Johns Hopkins University Water Institute  is a leading global water Institute dedicated to solving the global water challenge

Geyh-Bouwer Trainee Practice Award

The Geyh-Bouwer Trainee Practice Award recognizes students whose application of science demonstrates the betterment of the environment and public health. 

Practice Highlights