Environmental Quality, Sustainability and Health

Environmental Qualty, Sustainability, and HealthThe Environmental Quality, Sustainability and Health (EQSH) focus area provides multidisciplinary approach that blends the sciences of environmental health and sustainability sciences. Environmental health is aimed at understanding, identifying, characterizing and mitigating environmental exposures that may adversely impact human health and the environment. Sustainability science addresses the dynamics of human-environment systems and the design, implementation, and evaluation of practical interventions to evaluate, mitigate, and minimize the consequences of human impacts on society and the planet.

Unique to the University of Michigan, this suggested focus area provides students with the background and skills to evaluate and develop sustainable solutions to prevent environmental exposures.

  • Exposures to environmental stressors, including chemical and microbial contaminants in air, water, food and consumer products, are studied through a combination of field measurements, laboratory studies, modeling, risk, health and life cycle assessment.
  • Health and environmental risks and impacts are evaluated using a comprehensive life cycle approach, addressing local to global scales.
  • This knowledge provides the basis for designing and promoting innovative and sustainable solutions and policies that prevent adverse exposures, and for developing synergies and solutions that improve human and ecological health in a sustainable manner.

EQSH Careers

EQSH professionals work in a wide range of fields in the public and private sectors. These include careers in local, county, state, or federal government related to water, soil, and air quality; environmental monitoring and consulting firms; environmental policy; and the sustainability/environmental research divisions of larger companies.