Health, Environment, and Vulnerable Populations

Research in Action

According to the World Health Organization, nearly one quarter of the total disease burden and deaths worldwide can be attributed to the environment.1 CGH supports faculty committed to addressing this complex issue through multidisciplinary research across disciplines such as medicine, epidemiology, chemistry, policy, and anthropology.

Below are examples of CGH collaborative research initiatives in Bangladesh, Nigeria, and India where several faculty members have built strong partnerships.

Arsenic contamination

  • Dr. Habibul Ahsan works to understand the causes of mortality from long-term exposure to arsenic from well water, which his research has found responsible for one in five deaths of Bangladeshis.

Household air pollution

  • Dr. Sola Olopade’s research examines the effect of indoor exposure to smoke from burning low-grade fuels on the health of women and children in Nigeria and Bangladesh, in collaboration with Dr. Ahsan in Bangladesh. Household air pollution contributes to the deaths of 1.2 million women and children yearly, and both countries' high burden of disease.

Social network analysis of HIV INFECTION in msm 

  • Dr. John Schneider analyzes social networks in India within the context of HIV infection and the vulnerable populations affected by it. His work draws on faculty expertise in the Departments of Health Studies and Sociology, the Computation Institute and the Booth School of Business. 

1"Preventing Diseases Through Healthy Environments," World Health Organization, 2006.