Environmental Health looks at different factors in our environment and tries to understand their role in the health of individuals and populations.  This concentration addresses the environmental risk factors - such as smoke, water, and airborne pollutants - pose to certain populations and their health.  Students who concentrate in Environmental Health are well versed in the variety of approaches used to assess risk levels associated with the environment and public health.

Environmental Health is one of the smaller departments in the UAB School of Public Health, but can boast an extensive list of successful graduates now working in all areas and levels of government, including regulatory bodies, enforcement and intelligence; an extensive array of industrial settings including manufacturing, entertainment, and remediation; the US military, helping to ensure the safety of US troops; as well as several who are now tenured or tenure-earning faculty at several excellent institutions, including UAB!


Please join us in congratulating Dr. Michelle Fanucchi, who has recently accepted the role as UAB’s first faculty ombudsperson. Dr. Fanucchi joined UAB in 2007 and has served as chairperson in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences within the School of Public Health. Dr. Fanucchi has stepped down from her duties as Chair to allow for her new role at UAB, and Dean Max Michael will step in as interim Chair.  However, she works collaboratively with multiple groups across campus and will maintain her tenured faculty appointment in the School of Public Health. While serving as UAB’s ombudsperson, Dr. Fanucchi will facilitate productive communication and serve as a source of information and referral for faculty. The ombudsperson is independent of existing administrative structures and for administrative and budgeting purposes reports directly to Office of the Provost.