Hopkins Degree Links Public Health and Environmental Engineering

other institution will you have this kind
of bridge that links public health, to
environmental engineering, to an understanding of
earth science and climate science, like you can get here. [MUSIC PLAYING] MARSHA WILLS-KARP: In the
Department of Environmental Health and
Engineering, we address the environmental challenges
of the 21st century. KELLOGG J. SCHWAB: What we now
have is emerging contaminants, scarcity of water– so tying this together with
engineering and public health on a water focus will allow
us to explore opportunities for future generations. SPEAKER 1: There’s 148 different
existing food ecolabels. ANDREA FRASER: What it
teaches you is really how to be a researcher,
and to do it in a way that is
getting at the questions that society actually
wants answered. MARSHA WILLS-KARP: In this
newly formulated department, students get the top-notch
environmental engineering training, but they
will also interface with public health and
environmental health faculty. CIARAN HARMAN: They can take
classes in a very flexible way. That means that the
education they get is the education they
need for their goals. KELLOGG J. SCHWAB: The cool
thing about Hopkins’s is anything’s possible. CIARAN HARMAN: We
have research projects all over the world that
you can get involved in. MERRICKA LIVINGSTONE:
The work I’m doing now is primarily in an
animal cancer model. KELLOGG J. SCHWAB: We’ve got a
really exciting project that’s linking family planning and
water and sanitation together. MARSHA WILLS-KARP:
The department is made up of several
unique centers. We have the Center for
Alternatives to Animal Testing. We also have a Center
for a Livable Future. And in the same program, we
have an Aquaponics program, so students in the department
have a wide variety of settings in which to study. [MUSIC PLAYING] CIARAN HARMAN: The proximity
we have to Washington DC means that our research has
a great chance of getting plugged directly into
being actually used. MARSHA WILLS-KARP: This
is a rare opportunity for a student’s work to so
quickly translate into policy. [MUSIC PLAYING] KELLOGG J. SCHWAB:
What’s unique, I think, about our school here– the truly collaborative nature. CIARAN HARMAN: Any undergrad who
walks into my office and says, I want to do research– we
will do a project together. I love that atmosphere here. ANDREA FRASER: This department
is full of unique people. No one is really doing
exactly the same thing. CIARAN HARMAN: They
come in with a sense that they want to save the
world, but they don’t know how. MARSHA WILLS-KARP: The
graduates of our department have a wealth of
employment opportunities. Many have gone
into academia, many go to regulatory agencies
in the government, and others work in
pharmaceutical companies, as well. CIARAN HARMAN: They take away a
deep foundational understanding that means that they can
address the technical challenges of the future, and not just
the ones we know about today. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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