Michelle L. Bell, PhD

Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Professor of Environmental Health

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Climate Change and Health | Environmental Health Sciences

Yale Institute for Global Health

Global Health Studies


Dr. Bell's research investigates how human health is affected by atmospheric systems, including air pollution and weather. Much of this work is based in epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental engineering. The research is designed to be policy-relevant and contribute to well-informed decision-making to better protect human health.

She is a Professor of Environmental Health at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with secondary appointments at the Yale School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences and the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science, Environmental Engineering Program. She is the recipient of the Prince Albert II de Monaco / Institut Pasteur Award, Rosenblith New Investigator Award, and the NIH Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award.

Education & Training

PhD Johns Hopkins University, Environmental Engineering (2002)
MAST OTHER Johns Hopkins University, Environmental Management (1999)
MS Stanford University, Environmental Engineering (1994)
BS Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Environmental Engineering (1992)


  • Pollution - Heat-Related Mortality in Latin American Cities Brazil; Chile; Mexico (2008)

    Professor Bell investigates how weather is associated with heat in Latin America, and in particular how heat-related mortality may differ by socio-economic status (SES). The project also examines the effects of air pollution on mortality, whether these relationships differ by SES, and looking at...

  • Pollution, Sandstorms, & Hospital Admission China; Taiwan (2008)

    Professor Bell is examining the relationship between air pollution, sandstorms, and hospital admissions in Taiwan.

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Michelle L. Bell, PhD
Mailing Address
Kroon Hall195 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511