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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

Five Arnold School researchers named in Clarivate Analytics’ Highly Cited Researchers List

Compiled annually, the Highly Cited Researchers list recognizes leading researchers in the sciences and social sciences. The 2018 list includes approximately 6,000 highly cited researchers in 21 fields from more than 60 nations around the world. 

Sean Norman

Sean Norman awarded CDC grant to study the risk of human exposure to environmental reservoirs of antibiotic resistant bacteria

Working with a team of researchers, Norman will use the grant to study socio-ecological coupling of antibiotic resistance and the potential risk of human exposure to antibiotic resistant pathogens in bioaerosols generated during munciple wastewater treatment.

Saurabh Chatterjee

Environmental health research team finds ‘ground zero’ of Gulf War illness

UofSC features the research of environmental health sciences associate professor Saurabh Chatterjee, who is working to understand and treat symptoms experienced by veterans with Gulf War Illness. 

Saurabh Chatterjee

Saurabh Chatterjee receives $2.4 million VA Merit Award to study Gulf War Illness

Chatterjee and his team will study GWI pathways and connections both in a lab setting and with veterans recruited from members of the GWI Consortia in Boston and Miami VA Medical Centers.

Jamie Lead

CENR director Jamie Lead builds nano collaborations with Chinese University

During the five-year, funded appointment as an adjunct professor with Shanxi Agricultural University, Lead will collaborate with other researchers, supervise students and help the university develop a ‘nano' group dedicated to agricultural issues. 


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