Master of Science Degree

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Environmental Health Sciences is designed to develop advanced skills in state-of-the-art techniques and a sound understanding of the fundamentals in the discipline. Students have the opportunity to take part in basic and applied research programs that utilize current techniques in the biological, physical, and medical sciences to address environmental problems that impact public health. Areas of research training and focus include environmental and analytical chemistry, toxicology, environmental and occupational health, and environmental epidemiology.

Program Overview

The MS program of study involves the following 37 credits:

  • 17 department core credits
  • 3 laboratory rotation credits
  • 3 elective credits
  • 14 research credits

The program typically follows a two year plan of coursework, as well as a major field examination and a masters thesis.

In the first year, all MS students take a set of core courses in environmental health, epidemiology, toxicology, environmental chemistry, and statistics.  Students also complete two laboratory or field rotations in the first semester of study.  These rotations allow students to become familiar with the research interests of the faculty and aid in the selection of a thesis advisor.

Plan of Study