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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 Gangarosa 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. 

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Marine Biotoxin Analyst


Tori Mister

2nd Year MPH Student

Environmental Health

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

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Mission Statement



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
Assistant Professor -
Environmental Health

Featured Blog Post

Danielle Clarkson-Townsend

3rd Year PhD Student

Environmental Health Sciences

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Freddy Lamar

2nd Year PhD Student

Environmental Health Sciences

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