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Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center

The Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC) was established through funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Researchers and professionals from UCLA and the University of Southern California collaborate to create an interdisciplinary approach to the study and advancement of research in environmental health. The SCEHSC primarily focuses on using epidemiologic methods to study effects of the environment on human health, especially with regard to the multiethnic populations of California and the Pacific Rim, with an overall goal to understand how environmental factors affect health and how personal factors modify response. The Center funds an Environmental Health Research Pilot Project Program to advance research into new areas of environmental health and maintains a Community Outreach and Education Program to develop models for community outreach and school curricula to educate the public on how to control, reduce, or eliminate the threat of living with environmental hazards.