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Global Environmental Health Sciences

Doctoral student in the GEHS lab

Maureen Lichtveld, MD, MPH
Chair and Professor, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences
Freeport McMoRan Chair of Environmental Policy
Associate Director Population Sciences, Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium
Director GROWH Research Consortium
Director, Center for Gulf Coast Environmental Health Research, Leadership and Strategic Initiative
President, Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine


The Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences conducts research and educates culturally competent scientists and leaders to address the impact of the environment on the health of populations through scholarly research and hands-on practice experiences in public, private, not-for-profit and academic sectors around the world.

About GEHS

The Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences (GEHS) engages in multi-faceted research and prepares culturally competent professionals to address all aspects of our environment: physical, chemical, biological, social, and policy. The health of communities is inextricably linked to the environment and pollutants disproportionally impact minority populations. Safe air, water, soil, and food are prerequisites for health. GEHS graduates are leaders in public, private, not-for-profit and academic sectors globally.

The GEHS transdisciplinary research portfolio spans basic toxicology to clinical biomarker science and community-engaged environmental health studies. We place priority on countering environmental health disparities locally, in the Gulf Coast region, across our nation, and around the world. GEHS faculty have expertise in environmental health, toxicology, water quality, industrial hygiene, environmental health policy, community-based studies and resiliency.