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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


Runaway algae growth causes neurological problems for those with liver disease

Researchers from the Center for Oceans and Human Health on Climate Change Interactions have combined their collective expertise in environmental health sciences to reveal additional health concerns posed by the overgrowth of harmful algae blooms.

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Saurabh Chatterjee wins second $2.5 million VA Merit Award to develop treatments for chronic multi-symptom illness associated with Gulf War Veterans

Three years into his first five-year, $2.4 million VA Merit Award, environmental health sciences associate professor Saurabh Chatterjee has won a second grant from the Veterans Health Administration. 

Punnag Saha

Ancient herbal medicine may offer relief to veterans with Gulf War Illness

The Environmental Health & Disease Laboratory has completed a study that shows promise for andrographolide, a popular herbal medicine in Southeast Asia, as a treatment of Gulf War Illness by restoring gut microbiomes and viromes. 

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Arnold School scholars to serve as principal investigators on 14 projects supported by 2021 ASPIRE grants

Faculty and postdoctoral scholars 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.

Jamie Lead

GeoMat one year later. The start-up wins innovative technology award, additional funding grant to apply oil remediation technique in Alaska

As evidenced by GeoMat’s selection to receive the Innovative Technology Award from the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator and their recent SBIR grant from NSF, the start-up is quickly growing and accomplishing its goals. 


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