Environmental Health Sciences

Scope and Objectives

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences focuses its research and educational activities on the protection of human health from biological, chemical, and physical hazards in the environment. Its graduates are scientists, professionals, and leaders capable of identifying and measuring stressors of environmental concern; evaluating the health, environmental, and all other impacts of such stressors; developing means for their effective management; and evaluating alternative policies directed at improving and protecting health and the environment. Such training is accomplished through several degree programs that offer specialized study in selected academic areas of environmental health sciences such as air pollution, environmental biology, environmental chemistry, environmental policy, toxicology, built environment and health, climate and health, industrial hygiene, and water quality. Graduates of the department pursue careers in the private or public sector as researchers, educators, managers, policymakers, and/or practitioners.

The department offers MS and PhD degrees in Environmental Health Sciences and, through the Fielding School of Public Health, the MPH degree with a specialization in environmental health sciences (see Public Health Schoolwide Programs). A concurrent degree program (Environmental Health Sciences MPH/Urban Planning MURP) is also offered. The interdepartmental Molecular Toxicology Program offers a PhD degree.