Climate change. New and reemerging infectious diseases. Chemicals in household products. Urban crime, traffic accidents, and the built environment. Contemporary life exposes us to a wide variety of environmental health risks every day. Public health achievements we take for granted in the US, like safe water and cleaner air, remain urgent problems in many parts of the world.
The Department of Environmental Health will prepare you to meet these challenges through research, risk assessment, public policy, and community activism. You’ll gain solid grounding in epidemiologic and toxicological research to assess chemical, physical, biological, and social risk factors. Your education will also include training in health law, health services, and community-based environmental health.
Cutting-edge research projects and facilities
An advantage of attending a major research university is the opportunity to assist in important faculty research. Current projects include studies of exposure to PBDEs, occupational safety, Gulf War Illness, and the BU Superfund Research Program. The Sherr Lab, located in our department, uses state-of-the-art cellular and molecular technologies in exciting areas of basic and applied scientific research. Whether you’re a master’s or doctoral student, you’ll find studies that match your academic and professional interests.
A large network of fieldwork partners
Outside the lab, many of our students engage in community-based research projects with our faculty in and around Boston. And several studies involve collaboration with government agencies, other universities, or Boston Medical Center.
The Department of Environmental Health offers three graduate degree programs:
- Master of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health (MPH)
- Master of Science with a concentration in Environmental Health (MS)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Health (PhD)
To learn about application requirements, please see our Admissions section.