Protect People and Ecological Systems from Dangerous Toxins
Study the impact of animal, botanical, geological, and atmospheric poisons on human health.
The Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences program gives you the opportunity to work closely with faculty actively working on major environmental public health research projects.
Learn how to collect and analyze environmental public health data and gain advanced skills through hands-on research on the Health Sciences Campus and in the Wadsworth Center labs of the New York State Department of Health.
Program of Study
You can customize your studies by pursuing a research specialization in your area of professional interest.
- Principles of Public Health
- Principles of Environmental Chemistry
- Principles of Toxicology
- Introduction to Environmental Health
- Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research
- Current Literature in Environmental Health and Toxicology
- Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I
- Basic Principles of Statistical Interference
- Environmental Health Sciences Seminar
- Research Rotations in Environmental Health and Toxicology
Sample courses: Occupational Epidemiology; Water Quality and Public Health; Geographic Information Systems; Pollution Ecology of Freshwater Invertebrates; Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology; Risk Assessment; Atmospheric Environment and Human Welfare; Metabolism and Disposition of Xenobiotics; Immunotoxicology.
Major Field Exam
Thesis Seminar and Research
Technical, Laboratory, Field, or Library Research Thesis
Learn first-hand from faculty who actively address public health issues facing New York State (NYS). More than 75% of faculty in the School of Public Health hold appointments with the NYS Department of Health.
This provides many research opportunities in Wadsworth Center environmental health testing facilities, which include the primary labs of New York’s drinking water protection program.
Areas of research include radiation science and radiological emergency response methods; sustainability and green design; environmental contamination and assessment of health risks due to chemical and microbial exposure; climate change; and toxicological studies of developmental, reproductive, and physiological processes.
You may also work with biotechnology firms located on UAlbany’s Health Sciences Campus and with faculty in the University’s Cancer Research Center, Prevention Research Center, Public Health Preparedness Center, and Center for Health Workforce Studies.
As a graduate of this environmental health sciences program, you’ll be prepared for academic, technical, professional, and supervisory careers in higher education institutions, public health organizations, NGOs, government research agencies, medical centers and hospitals, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Sample job titles: consumer safety officer; sanitary engineer; health and safety manager; toxicologist; environmental scientist; water and soil analyst.
Alumni of the MS in Environmental Health Sciences program work for prestigious organizations such as:
- Albany Molecular Research, Inc.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
- Harvard University
- Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Pfizer, Inc.
- National Institute of Standards and Technology
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- Acquire basic and advanced knowledge in selected concentrations.
- Gain advanced technical experience in the use of sophisticated and state-of-the-art instrumentation in the chosen field.
- Read, critically evaluate, and present scientific literature, including justifying the choice of methods applied to problems and the interpretation of results obtained.
- Prepare a written thesis and describe the principles and procedures for techniques involved, quality assurance for data acquisition, and statistical analysis.
- Present and orally defend knowledge gained in a public seminar.
- Describe issues related to the proper conduct of scientific research, including policies of federal and state agencies, and the university regarding scientific misconduct.