Environmental and Occupational Health

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Water, Infectious Agents, and Health



  • Some water quality and health studies have looked at the occurrence of illness after using area waters for recreation.

  • These studies have policy impacts and have been used in developing local regulations and strategies for water quality monitoring.

  • During summer months, a team of students and faculty use DNA-based methods to help the Chicago Park District quickly determine if health advisories are needed at nine Lake Michigan Beaches.

  • Many students over the past decade have worked in the field and in the laboratory.  Several students have even been able to transition this work into thesis and dissertation research leading to national presentations and publications of their results. 

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