PhD in Environmental Health Sciences

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The PhD degree in the Environmental Health Sciences is an advanced research degree that prepares students to employ laboratory and community approaches to address adverse environmental health impacts. Students use basic and applied research methodologies to examine consequences of chemical and non-chemical stressors and disasters. Graduates of the PhD programs advance to careers at academic institutions, governmental agencies, industry and nonprofit organizations.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the school's admission requirements for entrance into doctoral programs.

Degree Program Requirements & Competencies–48 credit hours

Revised for Fall 2022


  1. Evaluate current challenges to environmental health through an exploration of the current literature and scientific evidence.
  2. Construct approaches and solutions to environmental health problems.
  3. Investigate contemporary challenges in environmental health sciences.
  4. Design teaching and learning experiences grounded in pedagogical best practices in a chosen area of expertise.
  5. Develop a grant proposal for a public health research study with a compelling scientific narrative, description of investigator capacity, timeline, and budget.


Students must complete 48 credit hours of coursework and doctoral studies beyond the baccalaureate, with a minimum of 30 didactic hours at Tulane in the doctoral program. Up to 18 Credits can be transferred from Master’s degree.

PhD Foundational Requirements - 18 credits

Students who do not have these prerequisites are required to take these or equivalent courses.

  • SPHL 6020 Foundations in Public Health (3 credits)
  • SPHL 6050 Biostatistics for Public Health (3 credits)
  • SPHL 6060 Epidemiology for Public Health (3 credits)
  • ENHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • ENHS 6600 Principles of Toxicology (3 credits)
  • ENHS 7620 Health Risk Assessment (3 credits)

PhD Core Courses–12 credits

  • BIOS 6040 Intermediate Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • EPID 7120 Epidemiologic Methods II (or approved substitute*) (3 credits)
  • SPHL 8080 Public Health Pedagogy (3 credits)
  • SPHL 7500 Public Health Grant Writing (3 credits)

*Possible substitutes include EPID 7160 Survey Methodology, EPID 7810 Human Molecular Genetics or other advanced epidemiology courses.

PhD Concentration-Specific Courses–6 credits

  • ENHS 8100 Advanced Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • ENHS 8200 Environmental Health Methods (3 credits)

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*All other program requirements (e.g. research ethics, comprehensive exam, prospectus, and dissertation) remain the same across the old and revised programs, as outlined in the SPHTM PhD Handbook.

Contact Us

Department Chair: Charles Miller, PhD

Program Director: Charles Miller, PhD

Department Administrator: Erica Geary


Phone: (504) 988-5374

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