Environment & Human Health

Programme overview

The joint Environment & Human Health Programme aimed to strengthen the UK's capacity for multidisciplinary studies into environment and human health issues.

Designed as an inter-disciplinary capacity building programme, it helped to identify and prioritise research areas where the natural environment and human health interact. It also aimed to strengthen the UK science community's ability to undertake multi- and inter-disciplinary research to investigate such interactions.

Background & objectives

Environmental pollutants and potentially pathogenic organisms can harm people's health through a series of complex transport and exposure pathways. These are areas of growing public and government interest.

The Environment & Human Health Programme aimed to build multi- and inter-disciplinary research capacity that can effectively tackle the "real-world" multi- and inter-disciplinary problems.

ERA Env Health funding

View details of funded applications - external link - for international research projects on environmental change and human health.

Reports & key findings

The end of programme report is available below.

EHH programme end report (PDF, 217KB)

EHH programme end report - Annex 1 (PDF, 181KB)

EHH programme end report - Annex 2 (PDF, 99KB)

EHH programme end report - Annex 3 (PDF, 25KB)

EHH programme end report - Annex 4 (PDF, 36KB)

EHH programme end report - Annex 5.1 (PDF, 43KB)

EHH programme end report - Annex 5.1.1 (PDF, 16KB)

EHH programme end report - Annex 5.2 (PDF, 66KB)

EHH programme end report - Annex 5.2.1 (PDF, 18KB)

EHH programme end report - Annex 5.2.2 (PDF, 46KB)

EHH programme end report - Annex 5.3 (PDF, 54KB)

EHH programme end report - Annex 5.3.1 (PDF, 152KB)

EHH programme end report - Annex 6.1 (PDF, 544KB)

EHH programme end report - Annex 6.2 (PDF, 33KB)

EHH programme end report - Annex 7 (PDF, 100KB)

Case studies

The following case studies are linked to this research programme.

Assessing urban air quality's impact on lung tissue (PDF, 71KB)
Synopsis: Research shows that the response of genes and proteins in human lung tissue exposed to an urban environment depended on the size of inhaled airborne particles. This has implications for public health and regulation of pollution sources worldwide.

Combating environmental and food chain viruses (PDF, 74KB)
Synopsis: Specialists from different disciplines have formed the UK Network for Food and Environmental Virology to tackle environmental and food chain transmission of pathogenic viruses, and to provide an integrated response to address emerging problems.

Nematodes (eelworms) as novel vectors and reservoirs of human pathogens in the environment (PDF, 70KB)
Synopsis: Study provides the first direct evidence that nematodes can transmit harmful bacteria, and cause infection in vertebrates. The findings have far-reaching implications for animal husbandry and public health.

MEDIx - an index of environmental deprivation from the University of Glasgow (PDF, 76KB) (PDF, 75KB)
Synopsis: Researchers have created an index to measure how healthy your physical environment is.

Research crossover to understand MRSA in the environment (PDF, 67KB)
Synopsis: A NERC-funded "discipline hop" looking at the human health risks posed by the widespread presence of MRSA in the environment, where it is associated with pig herds, cows' milk and faeces.

New light on UK ozone-heat-mortality (PDF, 67KB)
Synopsis: Modelling how future environmental change will affect the impact of climate and air pollution on human health.