About the MHS in EH
The academic Master of Health Science program in Environmental Health (MHS in EH) provides a systematic introduction to environmental health sciences and to the concepts and tools central to the fields of environmental health research and practice. The Program is intended for talented baccalaureate graduates who envision a role for environmental health principles and perspectives in their long-term career goals. 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. The Program is also designed to meet the needs of experienced government or private sector professionals who desire to become more qualified in environmental factors involved in health and disease.
Through a set of core courses, all MHS graduates will have developed a knowledge base in the following areas: basic biological mechanisms; toxicology; statistical evaluation of data; epidemiological studies in environmental health; risk sciences and public policy, research ethics, and public health perspectives in research. In addition, each student will select a track in which coursework specializing in the areas of: Human Toxicology and Pathophysiology, Population Environmental Health, or Sustainability and Global Environmental Health will be completed.
The MHS program utilizes an in-depth literature review as its integrative culminating exercise. This essay will be written to address a current environmental health problem that is of interest to the student and which will be completed in stages during the last three terms of the academic year with guidance from the student’s faculty advisor. A synopsis of the essay will be presented to students and faculty at a symposium at the end of the academic year.
Students in the Program can select from one of three Specialty Tracks.