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Environmental Health Sciences

Programs of Study

Bill and groupSpecialty Track in Human Toxicology & Pathophysiology

The Specialty Track in Human Toxicology and Pathophysiology is designed for students whose interests lie in laboratory-oriented approaches to the study of chemical and biological agents in the environment that affect health. Students in this track follow a sequence of courses in toxicology and pathogenic processes resulting from exposures to hazardous agents in the environment.  Their interests typically are focused on mechanisms of pathogenicity and molecular strategies for intervention from a basic science perspective or on the application of these types of data to risk, policy and regulatory processes.  Ideal applicants to this track will be individuals with strong backgrounds in the basic sciences, including biology and chemistry. 

Specialty Track in Population Environmental Health

The Specialty Track in Population Environmental Health is structured to provide students with good understanding and use of the tools of epidemiology and biostatistics and they relate to current problems in environmental health.  This background is of use to students whose aspirations include the application of the population perspective in future professional studies and practice (e.g. medicine, law) or in environmental health-related research.  A course-related opportunity for involvement in urban community outreach is offered.  Ideal applicants to this track will be individuals with a strong basic science foundation and an interest in population-related environmental health issues. 

Specialty Track in Sustainability and Global Environmental Health

The Specialty Track in Sustainability and Global Environmental Health provides students with a comprehensive view of the problems facing us today that extend from local to global levels.  Among others, content areas include climate change, food resources and security, water resources and use, the built environment and the complex interactions that exist between problems in these areas.  Ideal applicants to this track typically have a good basic science foundation with an interest in principles of sustainability; some may also have academic and experiential strength in the social or behavioral sciences that they wish to apply toward addressing emerging problems in environmental health.

Need more information about specialty tracks within the Master of Health in Environmental Health program? Take a look at our master's student handbook for more detailed information.