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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

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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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Office of Research Announces Recipients of the COVID-19 Internal Funding Initiative

Arnold School faculty will lead and/or contribute to 17 of the 42 projects recently funded through a special internal initiative from the Office of the Vice President for Research to support research and scholarship related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Guoshuai Cai

Environmental health sciences assistant professor Guoshuai Cai harnesses the power of bioinformatics

Guoshuai Cai was studying microbiology as a master’s student when he first encountered the emerging field of bioinformatics – the development of software tools for understanding biological data – which was riding a wave of explosive growth.

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Sutapa Sarkar named 2020 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar

Yoojin Cho (HPEB), Lynsey Keator (COMD), Elizabeth Regan (EXSC) and Sutapa Sarkar (ENHS) were among the 14 Breakthrough Scholars selected for superior performance in their programs and an impressive list of achievements.

Jamie Lead

CENR awarded National Science Foundation grant to bring patented method for oil cleanup to market

Over the past several years, Lead has been perfecting the technique – testing it on a range of environmental conditions within the lab, using it in combination with oil-degrading bacteria and scaling it up to prepare the approach for real-life applications.


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