The VU’s Department of Environment & Health conducts academic research and training to strengthen our understanding of the impacts of environmental contaminants on human health and the environment. Multiple disciplines such as analytical chemistry, (eco)toxicology, risk assessment, epidemiology and health sciences are brought together to both educate students and conduct world class research. The systems studied by this unique group span from the molecular level to populations, ecosystems and society. We perform world-leading research to develop analytical chemistry methodology for identification of environmental and health issues of emerging concern. We are specialized in contemporary toxicological hazard assessment tools to improve toxicological understanding and risk assessment practices. We improve the knowledge on how lifestyle, including chemical exposure, affects human health. E&H’s expertise and research output make an important contribution to the knowledge needed for informed environmental governance of the most pressing environmental pollution issues.

Environment and Health has three main research themes