Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Environmental Health Sciences

Content Description

1 online resource (xi, 144 pages) : color illustrations, color map.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Shao Lin

Committee Members

Erin Bell, Christine Bozlak, Gregory A. DiRienzo, Haider A. Khwaja


Academic performance, Building characteristics, Mediation analysis, Respiratory health, Variable selection, School buildings, School children, Indoor air quality, Academic achievement, Respiratory infections in children

Subject Categories

Environmental Health | Epidemiology


School-age children spend substantial time at school, a setting that is more vulnerable to environmental problems. School environmental factors, such as indoor air quality (IAQ), has been shown to have a significant impact on students’ health and academic performance. However, several research gaps remain regarding school environmental research. Few studies have assessed both indoor and outdoor school environmental factors and their impact on student’s respiratory health on a large scale. This is partially due to the lack of application of methods able to handle highly correlated variables. Little is known about the potential mediators on the path between the school environment and students’ academic performance. Finally, due to a lack of data, the school environmental problems in private schools are unclear.