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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, national research laboratories, industries, environmental consulting companies and universities. Jobs in the field include research scientist, industrial hygienist, water quality specialist, health and safety officer, ecotoxicologist, molecular toxicologist, environmental microbiologist, community engagement and environmental justice scientist, nanomaterial scientist, air pollutions scientist, 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

Andrea Jilling

Environmental health sciences welcomes soil scientist Andrea Jilling

Andrea Jilling has joined the Department of Environmental Health Sciences as an associate professor. Her research expertise focuses on how nutrients move through soil systems and the role this plays in climate regulation and agricultural productivity.

Sean Norman

USC to lead wastewater surveillance for new statewide center aimed at improving outbreak preparedness

Environmental health sciences associate professor Sean Norman is one of the lead investigators on a multi-agency project to use disease modeling to improve outbreak preparedness in the state.

Tara Sabo-Attwood

Tara Sabo-Attwood returns to USC as new dean for the Arnold School of Public Health

Donna Arnett, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, is pleased to announce the selection of a highly accomplished public health leader, Tara Sabo-Attwood, as the new dean beginning August 1. 

Devin Bowes

Devin Bowes uses wastewater-based epidemiology to advance environmental justice, health equity

Bowes adopts an environmental justice and health equity lens. She was inspired to incorporate these perspectives into her work when conducting COVID-19 research as a graduate student.

Tom Chandler

Tom Chandler returns to faculty role after 17 years as Dean of the Arnold School

A nationwide search is underway for the next dean of the Arnold School, and Chandler is prepared to hand over the reins after 17 years as its leader. His office is packed, and, here, he unpacks his reflections on his tenure as dean.

Laura Langan

Environmental health sciences assistant professor Laura Langan uses science to create solutions

As an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Laura Langan is looking for her own answers to the array of impacts that result from the nexus of human and environmental interactions.


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