Collecting and evaluating data to assess environmental health hazards are important to the mission of the Minnesota Department of Health. We work in collaboration with local, state, and federal environmental and health agencies and academic institutions to collect and assess data regarding exposures to chemicals and other substances that may pose health risks to the public.

The following is a list of selected studies and assessments that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Environmental Surveillance and Assessment Section* participated in to assess environmental health hazards. To conduct studies and assessments MDH relies, in a large part, on the availability of funding from external sources, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Minnesota Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources.

Note this is not a comprehensive list of environmental health studies and assessments conducted by MDH. For additional information about studies and assessments, see the links below.

*This Section includes the Health Risk Assessment Unit, Site Assessment and Consultation Unit, and the Environmental Impacts Analysis Unit.

Biomonitoring Studies in the Environmental Health Division


Atrazine Human Health Assessment

Hazardous Sites

Healthy Communities Count!
Healthy Communities and the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Line

Metals in Fertilizers

Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) in Homes and Gardens Study (PIHGS)

ValAdCo Livestock Feeding Operation

Other Studies

Children's Environmental Health Economics Project

Countryside Lead Poisoning Prevention Study

Nitrate Exposure and Infant Risk Study (PDF 43KB/4 pages)

Northeast Minneapolis Community Vermiculite Investigation

Updated Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 07:53AM