The European Centre for Environment and Human Health conducts world-class research into the complex connections between the environment and health.
Never before has the delicate balance between people’s health and wellbeing and that of the planet come into such sharp focus and our teams are pioneering interdisciplinary research to ensure local, national and global actions are better informed by the needs of both.
Over the past decade The European Centre for Environment and Human Health has achieved significant impact. Discover more about our vision, our achievements and our team in this film:
As part of the University of Exeter Medical School, our research falls into two major areas: emerging threats to health and wellbeing posed by the environment, and the health and wellbeing benefits the natural environment can provide. Our aim is to produce research that will contribute to impact policy at a local, national and international level
Based at the University of Exeter’s Truro campus in Cornwall, we’re home to experts from diverse disciplines that include epidemiology, policy analysis, systematic reviews, health economics, psychology and microbiology. Our academics form a team that is encouraged to break from traditional silos; conceiving and undertaking projects that deliberately cross disciplinary boundaries. The Centre also shares laboratories with the Environment & Sustainability Institute at the University’s Penryn campus.
Placing wider business and community needs and expertise at the heart of our research is fundamental to our collaborative philosophy. Through joint studies, PhD projects, forums and interest groups, we are working in partnership with a range of organisations to ensure our research is informed both by local issues and real world challenges.
We are designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre on Natural Environments and Health, recognising the Centre’s significant contribution to science and policy-making on the interconnections between environment and human health.
Our mission, vision and purpose guide us in our work and ensure our research has real world impact on the future health of people and the planet.