Our Mission

The mission of the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC) is to develop the scientific knowledge base, investigator teams, and community engagement needed to reduce the burden of diseases and disability from environmental impacts.
Our integrating theme is Environmental Exposures, Host Factors and Human Disease across the Lifecourse. This approach guides our exploration of effects of environmental exposures on vulnerable populations, critical developmental periods, and major diseases mediated through shared molecular and biological pathways.

Our Goals

The SCEHSC aims to accomplish its mission & theme through the following goals:
  • Catalyze and leverage resources in support of multidisciplinary research partnerships to address environmental health research questions
  • Facilitate innovative population, clinical and mechanistic research through Center enrichment activities, pilot funding and development of new methods and core resources
  • Develop the next generation of environmental health science leaders by supporting academic and career development activities of SCEHSC investigators
  • Actively engage with communities and respond to their concerns regarding environmental health issues
  • Innovatively translate and disseminate environmental health sciences research to policymakers, community groups and the public

Center Structure

Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center Organization Chart



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Supported by the NIEHS

The SCEHSC is based at the Division of Environmental Health at Keck School of Medicine of USC and is an Environmental Health Sciences Core Center supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (grant #P30ES007048).