The goal of environmental justice is to create a world with socially and environmentally equitable outcomes, and a world wherein all have equal opportunity to participate in processes leading to evidence-based, positive policy. The Department of Environmental Health seeks to create a healthy environment for all and ensures the theories and practices of environmental justice are at the core of all our actions, research and courses.
Scroll down to explore the different ways our faculty and students are engaging with environmental justice.
Student Applied Practice Experience Highlight -
Marine Biotoxin Analyst
2nd Year MPH Student
June 1, 2018
July 30, 2018
Conduct fieldwork by collecting water and shellfish samples along the coast of Sitka, Alaska
Determine if harvested shellfish samples meet the FDA limit of 80 μg toxin/100 g shellfish tissue for paralytic shellfish toxins weekly
Assist with developing community advisory alerts when samples surpass the FDA limit of 80 μg toxin/100 g shellfish.
Use analytic reasoning and quantitative methods to address questions in public health and population based research
Describe environmental conditions, including biological, physical and chemical factors, that affect the health of individuals, communities and populations
Describe behavioral, social and cultural factors that contribute to the health and well being of individuals, communities and populations
Assess global forces that influence the health of culturally diverse populations around the world
Apply skills and knowledge in public health setting(s) through planned and supervised experience(s) related to professional career objectives
This elective course reviews intellectual contributions by community-based, anti-colonial and social theory leaders; frameworks for structuring and maintaining community ties; special ethical considerations for working with indigenous and other historically colonized communities; and offers examples of environmental justice public health research.
Global Environmental Health Policy: Power, Science and Justice
This seminar encourages students to explore the forces that influence the development of environmental health policy, particularly in low-income countries. Using a case-study approach that draws on the instructor’s experience in international water, sanitation and household air pollution, the course examines the actors, their agendas and strategies, and the political, social, legal and economic systems in which they operate. Special emphasis is given to the role of power/politics and scientific evidence in environmental health policy making.
PROFESSOR - Tom Clasen
Student Organization Highlight -
The Emory Environmental Justice Organization serves as a network to foster relationships between students, researchers, and local communities who are passionate about environmental justice. We believe in equitable and equal prevention of and protection from environmental health hazards for all people, regardless of income, race, gender, or social status. We seek to improve science communication and participation between researchers and local communities.
Melissa Smarr, PhD
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3rd Year PhD Student
Environmental Health Sciences
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Environmental Health Sciences