Environmental Health


The Environmental Health (EH) area of study provides students with the opportunity to advance the field of environmental health through hands-on learning and training and translates evidence based on research. 

The EH area of study is designed for students who are interested in solving the most pressing environmental health challenges in the twenty-first century. Working in laboratories, field studies, and cohort studies, students create and advance the knowledge of harmful exposures and translate discoveries into actions that ultimately improve public health. 

Department overview 

The Department of Environmental Health offers the Environmental Health (EH) area of study for four unique degree programs. In the pursuit of innovative research, the EH Department prioritizes interdisciplinary training in environmental health, emphasizing the role of air, water, contaminants in food and consumer products, the built environment, and the workplace as critical determinants of public health. 

Degree programs

Student interests

Students who choose the Environmental Health (EH) area of study are interested in confronting the challenges of environmental health in the twenty-first century. EH students are dedicated to serving communities’ changing health using innovative strategies and solutions to increase public awareness. 

 Career outcomes

The Master of Science (SM-80) EH graduates examine complex problems that require the contributions of many specialties and offer a diverse path of career opportunities including governmental to non-governmental agencies, industry, consulting, academia, and hospitals, some have formed their own businesses, some continue onto doctoral programs, etc.  Employment titles have included: 

  • Analyst/Strategic Planner 
  • Cell/Molecular Biologist 
  • Chemist 
  • Climatologist 
  • Consultant
  • Engineer 
  • Environmental Health and Safety Consultant 
  • Environmental Scientist 
  • Epidemiologist 
  • Future Operations Officer 
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer 
  • Physiologist 
  • Postdoctoral Fellow 
  • Policy Analyst/Developer 
  • Research Scientist 
  • Statistician 
  • Toxicologist 
  • Urban planners