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Environmental Health Sciences

Environmental Health Sciences (ENHS) is primarily concerned with the interactions of humans with the environment. Our field focuses on the adverse effects of environmental conditions or contamination on human health and the impacts of human activities on the environment. 

Career opportunities for ENHS exist in federal, state and local environmental regulatory agencies, laboratories, industries, environmental consulting companies and universities. Jobs in the field include research scientist, industrial hygienist, water quality specialist, health and safety officer, ecotoxicologist, health physicist and professor.

ENHS examines the causes and effects of interactions between humans and their environment. Our goal is to understand and minimize impacts on human health and the environment. To explore these complex interactions, numerous elements of pure and applied sciences, including biology, chemistry, geography, physics, engineering, public health and medicine, are required. Two broad areas of emphasis are available to students entering the department’s graduate programs: environmental health and human health.

ENHS holds at least 20 nationally competitive grants from a variety of our field's esteemed professional organizations. Our graduate students receive financial support from these grants via Graduate Research Assistantships. In addition, ENHS graduate students are routinely recipients of nationally competitive research fellowships. 

Degrees Offered

We offer four advanced degrees in environmental health sciences. Find the degree option that works best for you then explore the application deadlines and requirements for each degree.


Environmental Health Sciences News

Mohammed Baalousha

CENR and ENHS researcher Mohammed Baalousha studies nanoparticles released into environment by sewage spills

The study was led by Mohammed Baalousha and published in Environmental Science: Nano—as a cover article, demonstrating the study’s significance to the field as determined by the journal’s editors and reviewers

Anindya Chanda

Researchers find unsafe levels of mold toxins in food samples commonly given to infants and toddlers in India

In a mini-survey of 29 foods commonly used in complementary feeding for infants and toddlers, research led by  Anindya Chanda examined the samples for the presence of various aflatoxins and deoxynivalenol. 

Christopher Toumey

Christopher Toumey publishes book on nanotechnology and the humanities

The book, Nanotech and the Humanities: An Anthropologist Observes the Science of Atoms and Molecules, is a collection of 29 papers Toumey has published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing on the technology.

Shuo Xiao

Undergraduate exchange students conduct research at UofSC, publish scientific papers on fertility for cancer survivors

Since the program began, the number of Nanjing Medical University students participating in the program has grown from six students in 2016 to 17 in 2019. Wang and Ju spent the spring semester of 2017 conducting research in the Reproductive Toxicology Laboratory. 

Sean Norman

Study probes environmental cycle of antibiotic resistance

UofSC features ENHS associate professor Sean Norman's CDC-funded research, which examines antibiotic resistance and the potential risk of human exposure to antibiotic resistant pathogens in bioaerosols generated during munciple wastewater treatment. 


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