Illuminating the integrated nature of human and environmental health.

Research on planetary health advanced by the Center for the Environment is guided by its definition as “global environmental change and its health impacts” provided by the Planetary Health Alliance, a consortium of more than 340 research and practice institutions. At Washington University, the theme is broadened to reflect reciprocity in the human health-environment relationship. Themes of research advanced by the Center include environmental health, global health, sustainable urban design, sustainable healthy food systems, nourishing biomes, and the connection between environmental change and infectious disease.  Research advances benefit from a convergent approach that draws on expertise from public health, engineering, ecology, natural and social sciences, and architecture and urban design.  

Rodrigo Siqueira Reis
Scholar Spotlight

Rodrigo Reis, PhD

Professor of Public Health  

Reis is an investigator at the Prevention Research Center whose research focuses on built and community environment and public health. They are particularly interested in community interventions for promoting physical activity and the effect of the built environment and active transportation on physical activity and health. 

Manasseh Begay

Lecturer, Brown School of Social Work; Research Manager, Buder Center

Native Ways of Health, Trauma Informed Policing, Human Interactions with the Land and the Land’s Interactions with Us, The Interaction of Spirituality in Mental Health

Krista Millich

Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology

Behavioral Ecology and Endocrinology Wildlife Conservation Community-Driven Research Zoonotic Disease

Ellis Ballard

Assistant Professor of Practice, Social Work & Public Health

Community-Engaged Research, Communities of Practice, Systems Science, Participatory Methods

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