Edward Avol, MS

Clinical Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences


Health Equity Interests

I'm interested in what we breathe & how it affects us, no matter age, race, or wealth...& how we can leverage this to improve public health.


Ed Avol is Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine, specializing in exposure assessment and acute/chronic cardio-respiratory effects of airborne pollutants in populations at risk (including children, athletes, and those with compromised lung function). He was a founding member and Deputy Director of the Children's Health Study and is a contributing investigator in multiple investigations of the effects of environmental exposures on human health. He co-directs the Exposure Factors Core (EFC, formerly the Spatial Exposure and Analytics Core [SEAC]) in the NIEHS-supported Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center. Professor Avol both teaches in and leads the undergraduate Environmental Health (EH) teaching track in the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HP) program at USC and is the co-Principal Investigator on a NIEHS-funded training grant to include more students from environmental injustice communities into advanced EH training and potential EH career opportunities. He is also actively involved in several community partnership and engagement efforts, particularly with health and air quality issues associated with Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport operations.

Research Interests

  • Population Characteristics
  • Disparities
  • Built Environment
  • Urban Health
  • Neighborhoods
  • Community Engagement
  • Community-based Participatory Research
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Residential Characteristics
  • Morbidity
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Risk Factors
  • Adolescents
  • Young Adults
  • Life Cycle
  • Race
  • Sustainability
  • Community Health
  • Cohort Studies
  • Epidemiological Factors
  • Translational Research
  • Exposures
  • Air Pollution
  • Exposure Assessment Methods
  • monitoring and instrumentation
  • monitoring
  • instrumentation
  • Environmental Monitoring Studies
  • personal
  • environmental
  • stationary
  • Environmental Justice
  • Community Partnerships, Engagement, and Outreach
  • Human Health Impacts
  • respiratory
  • cardiovascular
  • Health Endpoints
  • EH Training and Teaching
  • Population Life-stage Impacts
  • adolescence
  • adult
  • health
  • Research Design and Methods

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Health in the Community
  • Poisons, People, and Politics
  • Global Environmental Changes and Health
  • Environmental Health: An Epidemiological Approach
  • Environmental Health, Policy and Practice
  • Health Promotion in the Work Place