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Arnold School of Public Health


Graduate Degrees in Environmental Health Sciences

The diversity and collegiality within our Department of Environmental Health Sciences (ENHS) makes our faculty uniquely poised to provide advanced education and training and to study the interaction of environmental and human health, specifically within areas of microbiology, toxicology and exposure science. Our research extends from home to abroad and even to the depths of the ocean.

ENHS examines the interactions between humans and their environment. Human activities impact on environmental quality and environmental factors, and in turn, are principal determinants of human health. Exploration of these complex interactions often combines elements of both pure and applied sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, engineering, public health, medicine). Two master's programs (Master of Public Health and Master of Science) and two doctoral paths (Doctor of Philosophy and a dual Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences) are available.

Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences (MPH)

The MPH degree is oriented toward the development of a broad background in public health and preparation for professional practice. This degree requires 42 credit hours of study and is practice-oriented. MPH students complete a supervised internship (practicum) in lieu of a thesis. Graduates from our MPH program obtain employment within federal, state and local public health and environmental regulatory agencies, non-profit organizations, industry, consulting firms and universities. Positions include health and safety officer, risk assessor, risk manager, outreach coordinator, resource manager and health physicist.

Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences (MS)

The M.S. degree is an academic research degree, which may be tailored to individual interests and job market needs. This degree requires a minimum of 36 graduate hours and combines real-world problem solving and research skills with other technical, health and related skills to prepare effective environmental health researchers for the public and private sectors. Students complete a research thesis, and graduates from our M.S. program obtain employment within federal, state and local public health and environmental protection agencies, federal and state research laboratories, contract research laboratories, industry, consulting firms and universities. Positions include research scientist, water quality specialist, toxicologist, ecotoxicologist, health physicist and environmental law enforcement.

Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences

The Ph.D. is a highly specialized academic research degree that emphasizes scientific competence, research skills and professional development. The doctoral degree requires a minimum of 60 hours of graduate course work (post-baccalaureate), including 12 hours of dissertation preparation. Graduates from our Ph.D. program obtain employment within federal and state research laboratories, contract research laboratories and universities. Positions include research scientist and professor.

Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences (dual degree)

Are you interested in learning more about the increasingly prominent role of the environment in determining human health? Our dual Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences degree explores the unique set of requirements in relation to study design and measurement of both environmental exposures and environment-related health outcomes.