MS in Environmental Health


This interdisciplinary program addresses public health issues associated with exposures to human-caused and naturally occurring chemical and microbial contaminants in air, water, soil, and food. The curriculum for this degree includes core courses and electives covering a wide range of environmental health topics and disciplines, including: environmental chemistry, pollution monitoring, hazardous waste management, water and wastewater treatment, policy analysis, and environmental health law and regulation. Hands-on research experience is a key aspect of the program. Students are expected to work closely with faculty and complete a research-based master’s thesis. This degree is designed for individuals who anticipate careers in environmental health consulting, research, or practice; and for those interested in pursuing doctoral work in environmental or occupational health.

Likely Careers

Graduates from this program are employed by environmental protection agencies at the federal or state level of government, public health agencies at the state or local level, or environmental consulting firms.


Requirements: Baccalaureate degree, generally in science or engineering, with coursework in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. GPA minimum of 3.0 for last 90 credits of study. Competitive applicants usually have Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores above the 65th percentile. No specific subject area tests are required.

Concurrent Option:   A concurrent MPA degree with the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs is available. Applicants must apply and meet the admissions requirements of both the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and the Evans School.

Application Deadline:  Dec. 1 for first priority review


Upon satisfactory completion of the MS in Environmental Health, graduates will be able to:

  • Interpret scientific literature relevant to environmental health; 
  • Identify and characterize chemical and microbiological hazards associated with environmental exposures;
  • Describe major processes, hazard characteristics, and environmental factors that affect fate and transport of chemical and microbiological hazards;
  • Characterize exposure pathways for chemical and microbiological hazards;
  • Describe and apply methods to measure and/or model exposures to chemical and microbiological hazards and associated risks, and identify sources and magnitudes of variability and uncertainty; 
  • Recognize and explain personal, procedural, and technological controls for environmental hazards; 
  • Identify and describe appropriate regulations and guidelines pertaining to occupational and environmental health risks; 
  • Apply accepted procedures for data evaluation and comparison of quantitative measurements with recognized exposure limits; and
  • Communicate information to professional and lay audiences, in oral and written form, about environmental exposures, associated risk, and mitigation.