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Department of Environmental Health Sciences

Environmental Health Sciences programs focus on the impact of the environment on public health.  Environmental health scientists assess and mitigate the impact of water quality, air pollution, and hazardous materials on health and manage the environmental public health aspects of disasters.

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences offers the degrees:

  • The MPH in Disaster Management is a professional degree that prepares graduates to respond to natural and man-made disasters and to manage and mitigate the environmental public health impact on populations and communities.

  • The MSPH in Environmental Health Sciences is a professional degree that prepares students to recognize, evaluate, and control environmental health problems, evaluate environmental data, and manage the delivery of environmental health services to populations.

  • The MSPH in Industrial Hygiene is a professional degree that provides the skills for anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions to prevent injury or illness in workers. The industrial hygiene program is ABET accredited and graduates may sit for the exam to become certified industrial hygienist (CIH).

  • The PhD in in Environmental Health Sciences is an academic doctoral degree that prepares students with the research skills to analyze complex environmental health problems and develop evidence-based solutions.

Environmental health sciences is the choice for those who are interested in using evidence-based science to assess and manage the impact of the environment on public health. Those interested in disaster management need to be able to handle rapidly changing situations, are highly organized, can make quick decisions, and interact well on multidisciplinary teams.


Students with a background in undergraduate public health, biological sciences, geology and earth science population-based sciences, and policy are good candidates for this program. Students who have an interest in preventing and mitigating disaster-related threats to communities and their environment are also drawn to this department.


Graduates in environmental health are in very high demand by local, state, regional, and international organizations and industry.  Graduates lead program in health and environmental governmental agencies, corporations and consulting firms, global disaster aid agencies, academia, and environmental law firms.