About us

USC Environmental Health is home to three nationally-funded Centers, the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS); the Southern California Children’s Environmental Health Center (SC-CEHC), funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the NIEHS; and the Maternal and Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors (MADRES) Center funded by the NIEHS, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and the National Center for Environmental Research at EPA. In these Centers, USC faculty collaborate with scientists at UCLA, Cal-Tech and Children’s Hospital L.A. on studies to more fully characterize environmental health hazards, understand the basis for personal vulnerability, and translate research into preventive action to reduce the burden of environmentally-related diseases. The Children’s Center has a special focus on exposure to air pollution and its potential impacts on childhood obesity. The 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.

USC Environmental Health is in the Division of Environmental Health of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Keck School of Medicine of USC. Faculty in USC Environmental Health teach in the Environmental Health Track in the USC Master of Public Health program and the Environmental Health minor for undergraduate students at USC.

Environmental Health Leadership:
Frank Gilliland, Division Director, USC Environmental Health and SCEHSC Director, and MADRES Co-Director
Rob McConnell, SC-CEHC Director
Carrie Breton, MADRES C0-Director

Environmental Health Faculty

Each of the Centers has a Community Outreach and Engagement Program serving as a bridge between the public and Center scientists. The community outreach team maintains this blog and social media platforms. We gratefully acknowledge support from NIEHS, U.S. EPA, and The Kresge Foundation.