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Environmental Health Sciences

Master of Health Science (MHS) in Environmental Health (EH)

MHS in EH

The MHS in EH is designed to address a broad range of interests and career goals.

In addition to a shared core of courses required for all students, the program provides opportunities to focus coursework in areas ranging from the basic to population sciences that provide the foundation for how the environment impacts human health. Some graduates of the program pursue degrees at the doctoral level in research, medicine, and law, while others move to positions within government agencies, non-governmental organizations, nonprofit enterprises and the private sector. Depending upon career goals, areas of focus that can be followed include:

The focus area in Human Toxicology, Pathophysiology and Risk Assessment offers course choices for students whose interests include the basic cellular mechanisms through environmental agents can affect physiology and human health. This course of study can serve to broaden and strengthen areas of knowledge in support of plans to apply to medical school or PhD programs. Others in this group have the opportunity to pursue training in the application of emerging toxicity testing methodologies to risk assessment and regulatory processes. To see the course offerings associated with this area of study, click HERE

Students also have the opportunity to complete a Certificate in Risk Sciences and Public Policy.

Course selections within the Population Environmental Health focus area are designed for those whose interests are in the impact of environmental hazards on the health of communities and populations and in the epidemiologic approaches used to investigate associations between environmental exposures and health outcomes.  Students take courses that provide a strong foundation of knowledge and skills needed to pursue academic or applied opportunities in those areas.  Some of these students may also be interested in the use of epidemiologic data in risk assessment and the development of environmental regulatory policy. This course of study provides a unique population-level focus and can also serve to broaden and strengthen areas of knowledge in support of plans to apply to medical school or PhD programs. To see the course offerings associated with this area of study, click HERE

Students also have the opportunity to complete a Certificate in Risk Sciences and Public Policy. 

The focus area in Food Systems, Water and Environmental Sustainability offers a range of courses that, at the population and individual levels, address how utilization of food, water, land and other resources affect human health at global, regional and local levels.  In addition, course choices consider issues related to the potential impacts of a changing global climate on various factors that influence population health. As with the other focus areas, the knowledge base and skills developed will help prepare for the pursuit of continued education in these areas as well as support opportunities for their practical application in related positions in. To see the course offerings associated with this area of study, click HERE.

Students also have the opportunity to complete a Certificate in Food, Environment and Public Health.