USC Environmental Health Centers

Current news, events and research projects of the Environmental Health Centers based at USC

About us

USC Environmental Health is home to two nationally-funded Centers, the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center, funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (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 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 Population and Public Health Sciences 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:

Rob McConnell, SCEHSC Director, Environmental Health Division Director
Theresa Bastain and Carrie Breton, MADRES Co-Directors

Environmental Health Faculty

The two Centers have a Community Outreach and Engagement Program serving as a bridge between the public and Center scientists. The community engagement team maintains this website and social media platforms. We gratefully acknowledge support from NIEHS, U.S. EPA.

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