Mission & Vision


The mission of the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health is to study the complex interplay between the environment and health. The center places special emphasis on investigating the environmental determinants of health disparity, and translating the findings into practices and programs that promote community and population health.


The environments in which we live, work and play have a great impact on our health. Environmental health embraces all the physical, psychosocial, and biological factors that affect health. Today, the Swetland Center continues Mary Ann Swetland's legacy, promoting awareness of the environment’s disparate impact on disadvantaged populations.

The strategic vision of the Swetland Center is:

  • Promoting translational environmental health research
  • Integrating environmental health science into medical education
  • Engaging the community in environmental health sciences