Environmental Health Research

Our research orientation considers the impacts of environmental exposures on multiple organ systems within the body, from the lungs to the heart to the brain, from respiratory to cardiovascular to metabolic to neurological. Our focus on population-based epidemiology allows us to consider important time windows across the life stage – from prenatal through our senior years.
USC Environmental Health Centers

The USC Division of Environmental Health houses three nationally-funded centers:

Environmental Health Core Center (SCEHSC)

Funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
The Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center works to develop the scientific knowledge base, investigator teams, and community engagement needed to reduce the burden of diseases and disability from environmental impacts now and into the future
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Environmental Health Disparities Center (MADRES)

Funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the National Center for Environmental Research at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Maternal and Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors (MADRES) Center studies pregnant women and their infants over time in low-income, urban minority communities in Los Angeles that have both high obesity rates and wide-ranging exposure to environmental pollutants.
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Children’s Environmental Health Center (SC-CEHC)

Funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Since 2013 the Southern California Children's Environmental Health Center has been working to study air pollution’s role in the development of obesity and metabolic abnormalities that may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
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