Environmental Health

The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health focuses on the tools for understanding and preventing diseases that result from natural and human-made environmental factors. We combine a strong foundation in environmental health science with an emphasis on public health practice, bringing the real world into the classroom at every opportunity. Multiple classes offer the opportunity for field projects and engagement with communities or policy makers. Students are also encouraged to enhance their learning and gain additional experience by participating in departmental student research.

Research in the Department of Environmental Health addresses the scientific underpinnings of the environmental and health factors that contribute to the development and prevention of disease. Our research has its scientific roots in toxicology and epidemiology, the disciplines that tell us most of what we know about the health effects of environmental hazards, with a strong foundation of exposure science to better understand how humans are exposed to these hazards. The Department houses research laboratories in molecular toxicology and exposure biology and is home to a Superfund Research Program that investigates reproductive and developmental contaminants frequently encountered in communities near hazardous waste sites. The Department’s research agenda is also firmly based in community health and environmental justice, with multiple community-based participatory research projects addressing stressors in low-income communities. Our graduates exemplify the same twin commitments to science and community advocacy as they work to bring about a healthier environment for all.

Academic Programs

The Department of Environmental Health offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program with a concentration in environmental health, a Master of Science (MS) in Environmental Health, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Health.