Environmental Health Policy

Director: Dona Schneider, Ph.D., MPH

The Environmental Health Policy (EHP) Division carries out research directed towards the development of public health policies and education programs that both improve public health and prevent disease. Research of the Division members is broad in scope, ranging from the local scale (such as controlling asthma triggers in a neighborhood) to the international one (reducing potential risk from deteriorating weapons of mass destruction or nuclear sites).

Research Highlights

  • Economic and social impacts of the U.S. Department of Energy’s major nuclear weapons sites.
  • Reduction of childhood asthma in Elizabeth, NJ.
  • Energy and environmental planning and regulatory reform.
  • Municipal responses to AIDS
  • Regulatory peer review.
  • Economics of land use and environmental policy, including the cost-benefit analysis of reducing carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide emissions.
  • Cost effectiveness/cost benefit analysis of programs for asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.
  • Validity and reliability of translated quality of life instruments.
  • Institution of a biennial “Earth Day” survey to gauge New Jersey public opinion about its environment and environmental health issues.
  • Organization of public briefings on “State of New Jersey’s Environmental Health Outlook” for legislators and the press in Trenton.
  • Implementation of an annual 2-day speaker’s event on an issue related to environmental health policy.
  • Home of the National Center for Neighborhoods and Brownfields Redevelopment.
  • Home of the HIV Prevention Community Planning Support and Development Initiative.
  • Home of the Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP), an endeavor to introduce risk and other science-based information into the Department of Energy’s (DOE) decision-making process. This information includes new ways of organizing and conducting remediation, and analyzing the economic impacts of DOE weapons and environmental management programs.
  • Division faculty co-chair the Board of Governors of the NJ Sustainable State Institute and serve as President of the Society on Social Implications of Technology of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Division Members

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