The Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) was first established in 1967 at Oregon State University (OSU) with funding by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the institutes comprising the National Institutes of Health. EHSC was one of the six original NIEHS Core Centers (NIEHS grant #P30 ES000210) currently  #P30 ES030287. As an NIEHS center, the Environmental Health Sciences Center contributes to the mission of NIEHS, which is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. See the NIEHS 2018-2023 Strategic Plan

The OSU Environmental Health Sciences Center supports research and community engagement to help understand what people are exposed to in their homes, at their work places and in their communities and to discover what hazards these exposures may pose to their health. Read the message from the Director, Emily Ho.


The Pacific Northwest Center for Translational Environmental Health
Research values the voices of all people. As such, we recognize the social
barriers that have excluded people and communities based on socioeconomic
background, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, age, disability, national
origin and religion. We are committed to the equity of opportunities, and strive
to promote and advance diversity, equity inclusiveness and excellence. We
value and seek participation from these historically under-represented groups,
and recognize them as essential to create a welcoming and impactful
environment for everyone. Learn more about the ways we, and Oregon State
University, are committed to diversity and inclusion at the Office of Diversity

Center Research 

Our mission is to improve human health by:

  1. Measuring exposure
  2. Measuring the health impact of exposure
  3. Creating partnerships to build resiliency
  4. Recruiting and training environmental health scientists


To address these goals, the Environmental Health Sciences Center has investigators from diverse departments and programs at Oregon State University. EHSC is an interdisciplinary unit of more than 35 investigators. Learn more about EHSC research here


Center Structure

EHSC research is supported by Facility Cores. The Aquatic Models and Integrated Health Sciences Facility Cores provide scientists with access to state-of-the-art equipment, services, and expertise in specific research technologies. The EHSC also supports symposia and other programs for training and enrichment in cooperation with the affiliated NIEHS Training Grant and the Community Engagement Core. 


Contact the OSU Environmental Health Sciences Center