centers and research

The department actively conducts research in numerous different areas of global environmental health including genetic and molecular toxicology, risk assessment, environmental policy, disaster management, environmental epidemiology, industrial hygiene and environmental oncology.


  • The Center for Applied Environmental Public Health (CAEPH) uses a multidisciplinary approach to assess the impact of environmental agents on human health. CAEPH researchers utilize computing technology as a tool to analyze data and to assess the health impact of environmental contaminants. Areas of study include: community-based prevention and intervention research methodology; childhood lead poisoning; application of surveillance methodology and data analysis to environmental health issues; the Mississippi River Water Quality Database and development of technology-mediated teaching methods for environmental health education. CAEPH leads the Academic Partner of Excellence in Environmental Public Health Tracking, a CDC funded national initiative
  • The Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership and Strategic Initiatives manages in excess of $20 million in grants from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF), Transdisciplinary Consortium for Gulf Resilience on Women's Health (GROWH) and Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP) initiatives

Selected Studies & Research Areas

  • The use of ferrate in wastewater treatment
  • Study of human health risks associated with sites contaminated with arsenic
  • Study of genetic and epigenetic carcinogens and their mechanisms of action
  • Environmental policy and its implications
  • Public health disaster management, community resilience and health systems preparedness
  • Health literacy, disparities and cultural competency

Department Labs

  • The Wickliffe Lab
  • The Miller Lab
  • The Rando Lab

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