Caryl Waggett

Professional Title

Chair, Global Health Studies; Associate Professor of Environmental Science


Black Health Disparities, Children's Health, Environmental Health, Lead Poisoning


B.A., Brown University; Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley

Caryl Waggett teaches Introduction to Environmental Mapping, Global Health Transitions, Environmental Health. Her research centers around the built environment and human health (lead poisoning, indoor air quality, city/regional planning, regional food environments, transportation), changes in ecology and impacts on human health, children’s health, and population health inequities. She writes: “I teach and conduct my research at the intersection of human health and the environment, exploring how humans change and modify their natural and built environments, and how in turn these environments impact human physical and social health and well-being.”  Current research focuses around children's health and indoor environments, building upon her research findings of elevated lead levels in children and high percentage of homes and yards in rural northwest Pennsylvania failing federal EPA safety thresholds. Waggett is also the founder and director of Healthy Homes — Healthy Children, a not-for-profit initiative designed to address rural children's health, including cardiovascular health, asthma / respiratory diseases, and toxics exposures.