Global Environmental Health Laboratory (GEH Lab)

There are approximately seven billion people in the world, but living conditions for hundreds of millions of people still need to be improved (1).  It has been estimated that various environmental factors (e.g. chemical, biological, physical, and socioeconomic factors) contribute to 24 percent of the global disease burden and 23 percent of all deaths (2). Environmental risk factors for children have been estimated to be five times greater than the total population (2).  Environmental health interventions can be of enormous benefit and act as an effective method to reduce childhood mortality. 

We, students and faculty, evaluate potential factors (e.g. biological, chemical, physical, and socioeconomic) that directly or indirectly cause adverse health effects (e.g. infectious diseases, poisonings, and other illnesses/injuries) in order to protect public health internationally (Figure 1).  The GEH Lab supports promoting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and beyond 2015 by improving scientific basis. 


1. United Nations (UN). 2010. The Millennium Development Goals Report. UN, New York

2. Prüss-Üstün, A. and Corvalán, C. 2006. Preventing disease through healthy environment; Toward an estimate of the environmental burden of disease. World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland

study sites

Figure 1. Study sites in the world (e.g. US, Indonesia, Japan, Ghana, Guatemala, Mexico, and Myanmar)

A child