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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

Jamie Lead

Curiosity and nanotechnology in environmental chemistry: meet Professor Jamie Lead

Jamie Lead joined Environmental Chemistry as it's new Editor-in-Chief. CSIROPublishing spoke to him about what inspires him in his work, and how an understanding of nanomaterials is supporting environmental chemistry research.

Saurabh Chatterjee

Study reveals how non-alcoholic fatty liver disease causes Alzheimer’s-like neuroinflammation

Research from associate professor Saurabh Chatterjee’s laboratory at the department of environmental health sciences has revealed the cause behind the previously established link between non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and neurological problems. 

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Twitter could help predict future outbreaks thanks to UofSC research

Arnold School faculty members Xiaoming Li (HPEB) and Dwayne Porter (ENHS) collaborate with geography associate professor Zhenlong Li through the Big Data Health Science Center to learn about people's movements based on location data embedded in tweets.

Sean Norman

Coronavirus in wastewater treatment plants potential pathway to population testing

UofSC features the research of environmental health sciences associate professor Sean Norman, who is partnering with CDC and SC DHEC to detect COVID-19 in 11 locations. 

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Arnold School faculty members to serve as principal investigators on 13 projects supported by 2020 ASPIRE grants

Faculty members from across the Arnold School received funding through the Office of the Vice President for Research’s Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) program. 


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