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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

Saurabh Chatterjee

Center for Oceans and Human Health on Climate Change Interactions study finds environmental toxin increases risk of intestinal problems for those with liver disease

Scientists from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-funded Center for Oceans and Human Health on Climate Change Interactions have published research findings on the impact of the environmental toxin, microcystin, on the intestinal tract. 

Mithun Sikder

Environmental health sciences Ph.D. student Mithun Sikder awarded George M. Reeves Graduation Fellowship

Mithun Sikder was selected to receive the George M. Reeves Graduate Fellowship, which is named for Reeves, who formerly served as UofSC’s director for the Lilly Teaching Fellows Program, senior assistant to the President and Dean of the Graduate School.

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Arnold School honors graduates at 2019 Hooding Ceremony on May 9

The Arnold School celebrated master’s and doctoral graduates at the 2019 Hooding Ceremony on May 9. Arnold School and department award winners, along with Delta Omega inductees, were also recognized.

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Arnold School faculty to tackle 15 ASPIRE projects

Faculty members from across the Arnold School received funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research with 2019 Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) grants. 

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


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