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Arnold School of Public Health

Environmental Health Sciences

If you would like to apply to the Environmental Health Sciences Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS), or the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, you will need to submit your application through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS).  Dual Epidemiology/Environmental Health Sciences PhD applicants will also apply through SOPHAS.

In Fall 2019, the Arnold School of Public Health will launch our redesigned MPH programs to meet new accreditation criteria from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Go here for more information. 

Environmental Health Science applicants must apply through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS). Please visit SOPHAS for further details.

Application requirements include:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree with 120 hours of science-based courses or equivalent for the MS, MPH, and PhD degrees to include:
    • A minimum of 60 hours in physical or life sciences, mathematics, engineering, and/or technology
    • At least 15 hours of the 60 hours in upper level junior, senior, or graduate level courses
    • 21 or more semester hours in communication, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, and academic/professional goals and objectives

For international applicants, a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – (minimum score of 80 internet-based, 230 computer-based, or 570 paper-based) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Course Type 2 exam (minimum overall band score of 6.5). Non-US institution transcripts must be verified by World Education Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation service.  Please submit a comprehensive course-by-course evaluation (WES ICAP).

Applicants who do not meet all of the above requirements but who possess overall potential may be considered for conditional admission. International applicants and applicants seeking a fellowship/graduate assistantship should apply early. 

Additional Admissions Information

Environmental Health Sciences MPH

Completion of a minimum of 24 hours of science-based courses to include the following for the MPH degree: college algebra, pre-calculus, chemistry (general; quantitative-organic chemistry also desirable), biology (general, plus advanced courses)

Environmental Health Sciences Ph.D.

A faculty member from ENHS must agree to serve as your advisor before you can be accepted into the doctoral (Ph.D.) program.  Doctoral applicants must communicate with faculty in their area(s) of interest BEFORE applying in order to tailor their statement of purpose.  Applicants may obtain a list of faculty from our faculty and staff directory.  Applicants should indicate in their statement of purpose the faculty member(s) in which they have spoken and is willing to serve as their advisor. 

Epidemiology/Environmental Health Sciences Dual Ph.D.

Applicants must have a master's degree in appropriate field or equivalent advanced professional degree and/or experience. Masters degree in epidemiology and/or environmental health sciences preferred. A faculty member from EPID and ENHS must agree to serve as your co-advisor before you can be accepted into the dual doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program in EPID/ENHS. It is up to you to identify faculty members who will be willing to serve as your advisors. You can obtain a list of our faculty from the faculty and staff directory. It is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED that you communicate with the faculty in your area(s) of interest BEFORE YOU APPLY, so that you can focus your statement of purpose.