QAEHS research is divided into eight related environmental health science themes, each led by a highly experienced UQ researcher.

Expand each of the Theme titles below to see the Theme Leader and Theme Vision.

Environmental Toxicology

Understanding the harm that chemicals, substances or situations can have on people, animals and the environment through assessing exposure and effects.


Emerging Environmental and Public Health Risks

Developing and conducting research, including sampling and archiving programs, that allow rapid recognition and identification of emerging health risks. This will contribute to an assessment of their local and wider relevance to individuals and population.


Environmental Health Risk Assessment

Lead: Professor Jack Ng

Advancing knowledge among stakeholders via research, education and training to enable improved understanding of the source, exposure and toxicological effects of single and mixed environmental pollutants. This will support a more refined evidence-based risk assessment to inform intervention strategies to safeguard human health.


Environmental Health Microbiology

Lead: Dr Philip Bond

Determining how microorganisms in the environment may be beneficial or harmful to human health or our activities. This includes developing measures for controlling microorganisms or their effects that will benefit our wellbeing.


Environmental Epidemiology

Lead: Dr Jason Ferris

Advancing understanding of how physical, chemical, biological, social and economic factors affect human health. We draw on epidemiologic methods to undertake research to influence policy, and to improve the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders and the wider community.


Environmental Health Risk Communication

Lead: Associate Professor Kelly Fielding

Promoting an engagement approach to risk communication that develops capacity in experts and the community. An engagement approach increases the skills of experts in talking, listening and (importantly) understanding community concerns about environmental health risks, and increases the capacity of community members to make informed choices and have input to decision-making.


Education and Professional Development

Lead: Associate Professor Coral Gartner

Building capacity to assess, examine and respond to Environmental Health challenges in a changing world.


Climate Change and Health

Lead: Associate Professor Linda Selvey

Improving public health through research, education and training on the exposure, risk, surveillance and control of communicable diseases that can be acquired from sources other than humans; including other animals (zoonoses), soil and water.