About the Center


The Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC) is a NIEHS-funded center which works to reduce the burden of adverse effects from the environment by rapid identification and better characterization of environmental threats to public health through increased understanding of the basis for environmental diseases and personal susceptibility and by active engagement with communities and policymakers. The mission of the 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 now and into the future.

The Center’s theme is Environmental Exposures, Host Factors and Human Disease across the Lifecourse. Our Center emphasizes susceptible populations, critical developmental periods, and major diseases which are mediated through shared molecular and biologic processes.

Organizational Structure

Scientifically, the Center is organized around six Environmental Health Research Programs: Cardiorespiratory Effects, Cancer and the Environment, Obesity and Metabolic Disease, Neurological Effects, Study Design and Statistical Methodology, and Exposure Sciences that are integrated by five Cross-Cutting Research Focus Areas: Immunology and Inflammation, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), Environmental Health Disparities, Integrative Genomics/Epigenomics and Global Health.

These programs are led by collaborative multi-disciplinary teams and supported by the Center’s Administrative and three Facility Cores: Integrative Health Sciences (IHSFC), Spatial and Exposure Analytics (SEAC), and Biostatistics (BFC) Facility Cores. Findings are translated and communicated to the public through the Community Outreach and Engagement Core. The Center fosters innovative research in environmental health sciences through our Pilot Projects Program and collaborative mechanisms including our seminar series, workshops, retreats, and career development activities. The framework provided by our Center cultivates the careers of the next generation of environmental health scientists and leads to engagement with communities, practitioners, and policy makers in order to develop and implement effective solutions to environmental health problems.