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Environmental Health Sciences

Master of Science (ScM) in Environmental Health

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Seeking solutions to environmental health problems through cutting-edge research with renowned faculty. Our two-year Master of Science (ScM) in Environmental Health degree is intended for students who want to explore their abilities to conduct research or to more finely define their primary area of research interest as a step toward their career goals. 

First year coursework in one of three focus areas is shared with students in our highly-regarded nine-month MHS program. The ScM is a coursework and thesis-based program that provides a strong base of knowledge upon which students conduct a second year of original research. In addition to core courses, ScM students take coursework centered on one of three principal areas of environmental health on which departmental faculty focus their educational and research efforts.

Focus Areas

Human Toxicology, Pathophysiology and Risk Assessment

Course content in this area is designed to match the needs of students with research interests that extend from laboratory-based study of the toxicological and pathophysiological mechanisms of environmental chemical and biological agent exposures to the methods for applying toxicology data to human risk assessment and the development of regulatory policy. Students who choose this focus area should have strong backgrounds in the basic sciences and be considering subsequent PhD level training, applying to medical school with master’s-level research experience or who may decide to pursue a career in government or private sector research positions. 
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

Population Environmental Health

This area of focus is for students whose research interests involve the use of epidemiologic methods to investigate of the impact of environmental hazards on the health of communities and high-risk populations. Courses in this area provide a strong foundation in epidemiology and biostatistics and the pathways through which environmental chemical and biological exposures lead to detrimental health outcomes. This combination leads to basic mastery in the use of statistical approaches and introduces students to quantitative skills used in epidemiologic research. Research interests can range from the use of epidemiology to investigate associations between exposure and adverse health outcomes to its applications in risk assessment and environmental health regulatory processes. This foundation can be used to support plans for subsequent PhD-level training, applying to medical school with master’s-level research experience or to pursue a career in government or the private sector. 
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

Food Systems, Water and Environmental Sustainability

This area of focus is designed for students who wish to develop an understanding of the factors that are driving current changes in the global environment and how they can lead to adverse effects on human health at individual and population levels. Through coursework and seminars, students will be exposed to a range of sustainability topics relating to food systems, water quality, use and re-use, the built environment and the multiple impacts of climate change. Research interests can include chemical and biological threats to food safety and water quality and approaches to effective intervention/prevention. This foundation can be used to support plans for subsequent doctoral (e.g. PhD, JD) level training or to pursue a career in government or the private sector. To see the course offerings associated with this area of study, click HERE.

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