MS in Environmental Health

Changes to this program will take effect in the 2017–2018 academic year.

The Master of Science (MS) in Environmental Health prepares graduates to work as program or project managers, as staff scientists or research associates, or to pursue a doctoral degree. As awareness of environmental influences on human health increases among policy makers and the public, opportunities for graduates to make a difference are expanding. These opportunities are found in state and federal agencies, town governments, nonprofit organizations, environmental consulting firms, university settings, and industry. Students focus in one of four substantive areas: (1) environmental epidemiology, (2) urban and community environmental health, (3) toxicology, or (4) exposure and risk assessment.

MS Requirements

MS candidates must complete a total of 48 credits with a minimum grade of B in each required course. The degree must be completed in five years.

All students take a common set of seven required courses and must earn a B or better in all seven courses.

  • BS 723 Introduction to Statistical Computing (Students with no prior introductory course in statistics will be required to take SPH BS 704; in this situation, BS 704 will count for elective credit.)
  • EH 710 Basic Human Physiology
  • EH 717 Foundations of Environmental Health
  • EH 725 Analytical Methods in Environmental Health
  • EH 705 Toxicology for Public Health
  • EH 804 Exposure Assessment
  • EP 713 Introduction to Epidemiology

Students also take a set of courses required for their chosen area of focused study. There is some overlap in the course requirements of the four areas of study, all of which draw on this list of courses:

  • BS 805 Intermediate Statistical Computing & Applied Regression Analysis
  • BS 852 Statistical Methods for Epidemiology
  • BS 857 Analysis of Correlated Data
  • EH 757 Environmental Epidemiology
  • EH 800 Community-Based Methods in Environmental Health
  • EH 811 GIS in Public Health
  • EH 840 Advanced and Emerging Topics in Toxicology
  • EH 866 Risk Assessment Methods
  • EH 962 Research in Environmental Health
  • EP 775 Social Epidemiology
  • EP 813 Intermediate Epidemiology
  • EP 854 Advanced Epidemiology
  • SB 818 Qualitative Research Methods

Students must participate in an Integrative Experience that has three components: a research or internship experience, a paper in which the student conducts a rigorous analysis of the work conducted, and an oral presentation of the paper in a departmental seminar. Students are expected to complete the Integrative Experience during the summer.

All Master of Science students must adhere to the MS Graduation Calendar in completing and submitting the elements of the Integrative Experience in 2016–2017.

All SPH students will need a laptop or tablet for classes, purchased according to the recommendations of the Medical Campus Information Technology professionals.