Faculty Profile

Gregory Howard

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies (2009)

Contact Information

on sabbatical Fall 2015


Kaufman Building Room 131


Greg Howard comes to Dickinson's Environmental Studies Department from the Boston University School of Public Health, where he earned his DSc and MPH degrees in environmental health. Previously, he studied astronomy and physics at Yale and at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. With training in both epidemiology and toxicology, Greg's primary research focus is on understanding how exposures to multiple toxic hazards can act together to cause adverse health effects -- a key concern for communities impacted by pollution. In addition, he has a longstanding interest in the relationship between urban design, transportation, and health, a focus driven in part by decades as a bike commuter. At Dickinson, Greg plans to continue teaching and research in both areas, drawing connections between public health concerns, equity, sustainability, and the environment.


  • B.S., Yale University, 1992
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994
  • MPH, Boston University School of Public Health, 2005
  • D.Sc., 2008

2015-2016 Academic Year

Spring 2016

ENST 310 Meth in Env Health Sciences
A lab-based overview of environmental health sciences, particularly exposure assessment, toxicology, and epidemiology, and their application to policy and regulation. Traditional environmental health concerns including air pollution, water pollution, and waste management will be addressed, with attention to the context of natural environmental systems. We will also consider more novel environmental health problems, including ubiquitous low-level toxic exposures, and the connections between urban health and sustainability. Laboratory work will emphasize quantitative and qualitative assessment of environmental health data (e.g., particulate matter pollution; neighborhood design), as well as the connection of this data to public policy.

ENST 330 Env Disruption & Pol Analysis
This course examines the effect of environmental policies on environmental quality, human health and/or the use of natural resources at local, national and international levels. It considers the ways scientific knowledge, economic incentives and social values merge to determine how environmental problems and solutions are defined, how risks are assessed and how and why decisions are made. The course examines a range of tools, processes and patterns inherent in public policy responses and covers issues ranging from air and water pollution and toxic and solid waste management to energy use, climate change and biodiversity protection. A combination of lectures, case studies, and field trips will be used. Prerequisite: 131 and 132 or 130, or permission of instructor.