UMass Lowell Academic Departments and Research Centers
Public Health Organizations
UMass Lowell Departments and Research Centers
Department of Community Health and Sustainability
The Department of Community Health and Sustainability offers science-based programs that prepare individuals to become public health professionals, health care managers, and researchers working to create a sustainable future.
Department of Nursing
UMass Lowell is a leader in its responsiveness and creativity in shaping nursing education to meet the needs of the health care community of today.
Department of Work Environment
The Department of Work Environment was founded in 1987 and offers master's and doctorate degrees in five different concentrations. Students learn how to evaluate environmental health hazards and design/evaluate effective interventions.
Center For Family Work and Community
CFWC specializes in organizational development, consultation and training. Its goal is to support community capacity building by working with groups and organizations in the region to aid them in learning how to conduct strategic planning in their field.
Center for Women and Work (CWW)
The CWW is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to exploring the gendered conditions of work, challenging inequities, and thereby enhancing well-being and economic opportunities for all women through research, education and social action.
Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW)
CPH-NEW is a Center for Excellence funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 2006. It is a collaborative research-to-practice initiative led by investigators from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the University of Connecticut.
Lowell Center for Sustainable Production (LCSP)
The LSCP develops, studies and promotes environmentally sound systems of production, healthy work environments and economically viable work organizations. It is associated with the Department of Work Environment and the Toxic Use Reduction Institute.
School of Health & Environment (SHE)
The School of Health Environment's goal is to that assists the individual, family and community in the pursuit of a high level of health.
Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI)
Established by the Commonwealth's Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURI) of 1989, the Institute works in conjunction with the state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) to help industries, institutions and communities implement toxic use reduction as a means of achieving both a cleaner environment and a healthier economy for the Commonwealth. As a multidisciplinary research, education and technical support center, TURI provides services that complement the regulatory work of DEP and the on-site technical assistance provided to industry and institutions by OTA.
Federal Government Agencies
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.
Environmental Protection Agency
This government site provides information about environmental health topics such as pesticides, air quality, water quality, and ecosystems and their impact on human health. Information about government regulations and programs addressing environmental health issues is presented.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
This National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
This National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) site lists employment and training opportunities, events and environmental health publications. Intramural research programs as well as extramural and cooperative research programs can be accessed.
US National Institutes of Health
NIH is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the United States. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
Healthy People 2010
Healthy People 2010 is the prevention agenda for the United States. It is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats.
A cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas such as toxicology data, toxicology literature, toxics release information and chemical information.
Massachusetts Government Agencies
Division of Occupational Safety (DOS)
The mission of the Massachusetts Division of Occupational Safety is to promote and protect workers' safety and health, wages and working conditions. In collaboration with public and private entities, DOS protects workers by means of education and training, workplace safety and health consultation and assessment, occupational injury and illness data collection and analysis, and consistent and responsible administration and enforcement of its statutes and regulations.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is dedicated to its mission to serve all the people in the Commonwealth, particularly the under served, and to promote healthy people, healthy families, healthy communities and healthy environments through compassionate care, education and prevention. Your health is its concern.
Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy
A state government site containing information on Massachusetts' health care finance and policy.
Public Health Organizations
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
This is the web site for the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. It provides information about practice resources, research, environmental health and scholarship opportunities. Continuing education modules are posted on line, as well as links to other environmental health Web sites.
American College Health Association (ACHA)
The American College Health Association (ACHA) is the principal advocate and leadership organization for college and university health. The association will provide advocacy, education, communications, products and services, as well as promote research and culturally competent practices to enhance its members' ability to advance the health of all students and the campus community.
Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA)
The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is a statewide membership organization that seeks through advocacy, education, coalition building, and organized action to improve the public's health, promote the establishment of health care as a human right, and secure optimal community, personal and environmental health.
The American Public Health Association (APHA)
APHA has been influencing policies and setting priorities in public health for over 125 years. Throughout its history, it has been in the forefront of numerous efforts to prevent disease and promote health. The American Public Health Association (APHA) is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world, representing more than 50,000 members from over 50 occupations of public health.
Children’s Health Environmental Coalition Network (CHEC)
Children’s Health Environmental Coalition Network (CHEC) is a charitable, non-profit organization that researches the causes of childhood cancers and their relation to hazards in the environment. CHEC is dedicated to educating the public, specifically parents and caregivers, about environmental toxins that affect children’s health.
Clean Water Action (CWA)
Clean Water Action (CWA) is a national citizens organization working for clean, safe and affordable water, prevention of health threatening pollution, and the creation of environmentally safe jobs and businesses. CWA organizes strong grassroots groups, coalitions and campaigns to protect the environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life.
Environmental Working Group
This Environmental Working Group site provides current environmentally related news and information on factors that pose environmental problems including pesticides, drinking water, air pollution and enforcement. Coverage of news/stories from national and individual states on farm subsidies is available.
This National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
This National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) site provides an introduction to environmental issues such as lead poisoning, diesel school bus exhaust, pet products, and decisions surrounding breast feeding.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM)
This Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) site provides external links to numerous agencies such as OSHA, ATSDR, Integrated Risk Information Center (IRIS) and the CDC.
People’s Charter for Health
The Global Forum's central objective is to help correct the 10/90 gap by focusing research efforts on diseases representing the heaviest burden on the world's health and facilitating collaboration between partners in both the public and private sectors.
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)
This is the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) environment and health program site that provides information about key environmental health policies and issues such as persistent organic pollutants, climate change and health, medical waste incineration and dioxin, children’s environmental health, and drinking water and health.
Get the facts about local pollution by zip code. Environmental issues such as criteria for air pollutants, lead hazard, land contamination (Superfund), and water contamination.
Society of Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honor society, provides leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research to enhance the health of all people. We support the learning and professional development of our members, who strive to improve nursing care worldwide.
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialty agency for health, was established on April 7, 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.