Head of department and his team

Denis Zmirou-Navier

Denis ZmirouDenis Zmirou-Navier is an environmental epidemiologist and Professor of Public Health at Lorraine University. His research has mainly concerned the health impact of air pollution. From 2004 to the end of 2008 he chaired a research team at INSERM, mainly concerned with occupational health. He has been scientific director of the Agence française de sécurité sanitaire environnementale (AFSSE – French Agency for Environmental Safety and Health, 2002-2005) and stands since 2009 as chairman of the environmental risk committee of the Haut Conseil de Santé Publique (High Council for Public Health).

Deputy Directors: Olivier Blanchard, Pierre Le Cann and Philippe Quenel.


Discover the team of the Department (pdf, 54,8 kb).
A team of engineers and technicians at LERES


  • Nancy Université and Unité 724 de l’INSERM,
  • INVS,
  • CSTB,
  • ANSES,
  • University Paris VI,
  • EHE (UMR Sisyphe, l’Ecole des Mines d’Alès).

The research activity of DSETGS is part of the IRSET (Institut de recherche en santé, environnement et travail), a new INSERM Center which gathers:

Strategic objectives

  • Provide high-level education to meet the needs of managers and stakeholders in the environmental health security system at national and international levels;
  • Develop competitive research activities, at the international level, on hazards and risks related to life and work environments and their prevention, drawing on all relevant disciplines (environmental quality assessment, exposure science, epidemiology, toxicology, risk assessment and operational research in environmental health engineering for hazard control);
  • Provide expertise in order to inform public policies on environmental and occupational risks.


There is concern among the general public about environmental risks which, despite the progress achieved over recent years, still cause significant and unequal morbidity and mortality. Controlling such risks calls for considerable commitment from public authorities and economic and social stakeholders. In this context, the DSETGS aims to contribute, through research and expertise, to improve knowledge on such risks, determine their sources, quantify them, evaluate their distribution and propose ways of preventing or abating them. It also provides training for environmental, occupational health and safety managers in the public and private sectors.

Download the comprehensive list of the Department’s scientific publications 2007-2014 (in French, pdf, 591 kb).


The DSETGS is one of the EHESP departments and works closely with the other departments, in particular through the interdisciplinary centres.

Its activity is closely linked to EHESP’s environmental quality assessment and measurement laboratory, the LERES (laboratory for study and research in environmental health).

The DSETGS has developed partnerships with several other higher education institutions to create and develop a range of courses in the environmental and occupational health fields (master and advanced master courses, environmental health course for EHESP engineers).

With IRSET partners, the department contributes to the development of France’s largest interdisciplinary environmental and occupational health research centre, with international ambitions.


DSETGS: Tel. +33 (0) 2 99 02 26 71
LERES: Tel. +33 (0) 2 99 02 29 22

Published on 17 November 2008