Upstate Medical University

Environmental Health & Medicine


A prior investment by SUNY 2020 established collaborations between UMU, SUNY Oswego, SUNY ESF, and Onondaga Community College (OCC) in Environmental Health and Medicine. Activities at Upstate in environmental health and medicine have been led thus far by The Center for Global Health and Translational Science (CGHATS), a multidisciplinary research and education center. CGHATS has a well-funded, collaborative platform in Ecuador focused on the interconnection of climate/environment, vector, and pathogen in the emergence of disease. Funding from SUNY 2020 enabled CGHATS to build a state-of-the-art vector biology lab (VBL) at UMU, a facility that will support an extensive medical entomology program. At ESF, the SUNY 2020 investment helped establish the undergraduate Environmental Health (EH) degree program, one of only 30 such undergraduate programs in the country. In support of this program ESF has recently hired four new junior faculty members.

Mission Statement

The SUNY Center for Environmental Health and Medicine (CEHM) strives to promote interdisciplinary research among SUNY Upstate Medical University and SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry faculty with research focused on the ecological, environmental, evolutionary, and social principles that impact human and animal health.   


The primary goals of the SUNY Center for Environmental Health and Medicine are to: 

  1. Facilitate and promote interdisciplinary and interinstitutional research on broad aspects of environmental health impacting humans and animals.
  2. Promote and support interdisciplinary education and training of graduate, post-doctoral fellows and undergraduate students with interest in environmental health and medicine.