Peter J. Wood, MPH graduated with honors (cum laude) from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology in 1982 and from the University of California Los Angeles with a Masters of Public Health degree in Environmental Health Sciences in 1985. He began his career with the State of California in 1984, working as a graduate student assistant and later at an entry-level position for the California Department of Services' Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Division.  In 1990 he transferred to the Sacramento County Hazardous Materials Division as a first-line supervisor, but returned to the DTSC in 1993 and remains there until present.  In 2007, Peter Wood became the first scientist to join DTSC's Office of Criminal Investigations.  

On October 17, 2013, Peter Wood gave a riveting lecture in EHS 411, entitled "Environmental Enforcement an Alternative Career in Public Health."

The department of Environmental Health Sciences welcomed it's new cohort on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.  Twenty new graduate students have joined the EHS community: twelve MPH, two MPH/MURP, five MS, and one PhD.

The UCLA inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) facility was created when a Shared Instrument Grant submitted by the Facility Director to the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) was funded in 2003 to further the research of NIH and other federal agency research grantees at UCLA, the University of California, and other interested  Universities, companies, and research organizations.

Tyler Watson, 1st year student in the EHS Doctoral Program, and Richard J. Jackson, professor and chair, discuss the health benefits of revitalizing the Los Angeles River in a letter to the Los Angeles Times.  Read the full article online here.

Abstract: In September 2003, 10 years ago, the American Journal of Public Health published its special issue on “Built Environment and Health.” That issue marked a renaissance of interest in this topic.

The Society of Toxicology’s International Toxicology Scholar Outreach Program is an initiative that establishes connections between SOT and research communities in developing nations around the world. Program participants visit one or several institutions in order to learn about their environmental research programs and share information about opportunities in the field of Toxicology and the Society of Toxicology. 

Honorary membership is one of the highest honors that The American Institute of Architects can bestow upon a person outside the profession of architecture. Election to honorary membership may be granted to any person of esteemed character who is otherwise ineligible for membership in the Institute but who has rendered distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and sciences allied therewith.


The department congratulates Chitrada "Trada" Kaweeteerawat for her most recent achivement.

Chitrada ("Trada") Kaweeteerawat, a graduate student in the Molecular Toxicology Interdepartmental program, is the recepient of a student research project scholarship.

Below is a transcript of the 2005 School of Public Health Commencement keynote speech delievered by Dr. Richard Jackson.


Dean Rosenstock, Professor Roemer, distinguished members of the faculty, respected parents, and dear graduates, thank you for the invitation to join you on this happy occasion. It is an honor to be with you.

A few weeks ago, I was on a radio talk show and the host challenged me:

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