environmental health sciences

Are Environmental Toxins Haunting Our Kids?

Ghosts and ghouls aren’t the only things children should be scared of during the spooky Halloween season. October is Children’s Environmental Health Month. There are many environmental hazards and toxins that kids are exposed to daily that are far scarier than ghosts and ghouls, and many are invisible to parents. 

Children's health and the environment


Why are children more vulnerable to their environment?

There are a variety of reasons children are especially vulnerable when it comes to toxins and other hazards they may encounter in their environment:

What environmental factors affect health?

It’s not just what you’re exposed to that matters

The truth is, it’s challenging to pin down exactly what factors cause an environmental health problem. Health problems related to the environment are complex and develop for a variety of reasons, including how likely a person’s genes are to develop a disease or condition (scientists call this genetic susceptibility). What we do know is that an environmental health problem is likely linked to physical, biological and even economic factors.

For scientists

The UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center offers unique programs and services supporting environmental health researchers 

The UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) is a multidisciplinary research center funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) whose member scientists work across the fields of engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine and agricultural, environmental and biological sciences.

How to cite center support

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Investigators are required to cite EHSC grant in all publications and presentations that result from any support received from the EHSC, including use of EHSC services (e.g., biostatistics consultations), resources (e.g., bio-repositories) or direct funding (e.g., pilot grants). We suggest using the following language:

Our Mission

The UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center bridges the gap between science and health. Learn how its research is building healthier communities.