Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Environmental Health Sciences is designed to prepare students for scholarly and professional positions and careers in academia, government, and industry. The program emphasizes the application of biological, physical, and medical sciences to the solution of environmental and public - health problems. The objective of doctoral study is to develop each student's ability to conduct original, advanced research as an independent scientist. In keeping with this goal, each student is expected to guide his or her own research project, under the supervision of a faculty member, with a high level of effort and accomplishment, and thereby gain the capacity to be self - teaching and the ability to design and conduct research on important issues in the student's chosen field. The program typically entails four or more years of full - time study and research beyond the baccalaureate. Students in the M.S. program must complete that degree before entering the Ph.D. program.

Program Overview

The PhD program of study involves the following 67 credits:

  • 17 department core credits
  • 3 laboratory rotation credits
  • 12 elective credits
  • 35 research credits

The program typically follows a four to five year plan of coursework, as well as a two qualifying exams (one before the fourth semester of study and the other after the fifth semester of study), and a doctoral dissertation.