About Us

The overarching goal of the NC State University Center for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE) is to understand and prevent the adverse impacts of environmental factors on human health.  Our vision is that CHHE will serve as an integrative epicenter of environmental health science research at NC State University by providing focus and leadership for interdisciplinary research aimed at understanding how human health, at both the individual and population level, is impacted by environmental factors and to utilize this understanding to prevent or reduce the adverse impacts of environment factors on human health.

The etiology of most chronic human diseases involves complex interactions between environmental factors and an individual’s genetic makeup.  We broadly define the  term environment to include all aspects of an individual’s lifestyle such as: diet – including nutritive/non-nutritive dietary constituents and caloric intake; environmental (air, water, food) and occupational exposure to toxicants; exposure to terrestrial/solar radiation, tobacco and alcohol use; and cultural and sexual behaviors.   Many human diseases including cancer, endocrine diseases (diabetes), pulmonary diseases (asthma, fibrosis), cardiovascular diseases (atherosclerosis) and immune diseases (Crohn’s) result from complex interactions between environmental and genetic factors.  However, these interactions are poorly understood and there is a need to understand how these interactions contribute to the risk of disease development.

Specific objectives of the Center for Human Health and Environment are to:

CHHE brings together 52 investigators from 12 departments and 4 colleges as well as individuals  from  the East Carolina University School of Medicine, NC Department of Health and Human Services and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to form an innovative interdisciplinary team to conduct mechanistic research to advance our understanding of environmentally related diseases and adverse health outcomes and to translate and disseminate information to the public to prevent or reduce adverse health outcomes.

Dr. Rob Smart.  Photo by Marc Hall

Director, Dr. Rob Smart

Deputy director, Jane Hoppin

Deputy Director, Dr. Jane Hoppin

Location Information

Center for Human Health and the Environment

Campus Box 7633

NC State University

Raleigh, NC 27695-7633

CHHE Administrative offices are located  at 850 Main Campus Drive, Rm 103 on Centennial Campus.

email address chhe-ncstate@ncsu.edu

NC State Branding Bar