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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.

 

Admissions Information by Degree

Environmental Health Sciences MPH

Special Note: Contact the program Graduate Director in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at 803-777-4615 or porter@sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • 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
  • 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)
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • 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
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives (maximum two pages)
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • 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)
  • GRE scores
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code 5818
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School 
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208
Environmental Health Sciences MS

Special Note: Contact the program Graduate Director in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at 803-777-4615 or porter@sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree with 120 hours of science-based courses or equivalent 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
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • 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
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives (maximum two pages)
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • 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)
  • GRE scores
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code 5818
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School 
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208
Environmental Health Sciences Ph.D.

Special Note: International applicants and applicants seeking a fellowship/graduate assistantship should apply early.

A faculty member from the Department of Environmental Health Sciences (ENHS) must agree to serve as your advisor before you can be considered for acceptance into the doctoral (PhD) program. It is up to you to identify a faculty member who will be willing to serve as your advisor. You can obtain a list of our faculty from the departmental website: http://sph.sc.edu/people.  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.

Contact the program Graduate Director in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at 803-777-4615 or porter@sc.edu for permission before applying after the deadline date.

Admission Requirements

  • Ph.D. applicants must have at least baccalaureate degree in a pure or applied scientific discipline applicable to the environmental health sciences and from a university-accredited by a regional accrediting agency. Individuals with prior performance at the master’s level are preferred.
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree with 120 hours of science-based courses or equivalent 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
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • 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
     

Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives (maximum two pages)
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • 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)
  • GRE scores
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code 5818
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School 
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, S.C. 29208
Epidemiology/Environmental Health Sciences Dual Ph.D.

Special Note: A faculty member from the Department of Environmental Health Sciences (ENHS) AND the Department of Epidemiology (EPID) must agree to serve as your co-advisors before you can be accepted into the dual doctoral (PhD) degree program in EPID/ENHS. It is up to you to identify two faculty members who will be willing to serve as your co-advisors. You can obtain a list of our faculty from the departmental website: http://sph.sc.edu/people.  You must communicate with the faculty in your area(s) of interest before you apply, so that you can focus your statement of purpose.  Contact the Program Graduate Directors for permission before submitting an application after the deadline date. 

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a master's degree in appropriate field or equivalent advanced professional degree and/or experience.  Master’s degree in epidemiology and/or environmental health sciences preferred
  • Grade point average of 3.00/4.00 or higher
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (50th percentile or above)
  • 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 7.0.  This requirement may be waived for applicants that have earned a prior degree from a US institution.

 Application Requirements

  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives describing your academic and research interests, relevant work experiences, academic/professional goals and objectives
  • At least three letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
  • Official transcripts from all schools or colleges previously attended
  • 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)
  • GRE scores
    • Institution code: 0780 (U of South Carolina Sch Pub Hlth SOPHAS)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for those whose native language is not English
    • TOEFL: Scores should be submitted electronically using the USC Institutional code: 5818
    • IELTS: Scores should be mailed directly to the USC Graduate School: 
      The Graduate School
      University of South Carolina
      1705 College Street, Suite 552
      Columbia, SC 29208

A faculty member in each department, Epidemiology AND Environmental Health Sciences, must agree to mentor you prior to submission of your application to SOPHAS.