The environmental health sciences examine the causes and effects of interactions between humans and their environment. The goal is to understand and minimize impacts on human health and the environment. To explore these complex interactions, numerous disciplines within pure and applied sciences, including biology, chemistry, geography, physics, engineering, public health, and medicine, are required. Two broad areas of emphasis are available to students entering the department’s graduate program: environmental health and human health.
ENHS holds nationally competitive grants from the USEPA, NSF, NIH, NIEHS, NASA, NOAA, ONR, DOE, and NIOSH. ENHS graduate students may receive financial support from these grants via Graduate Research Assistantships. In addition, ENHS graduate students are frequently recipients of Arnold School, university and nationally competitive research fellowships.
Areas of research and training for graduate students include:
- Environmental and reproductive toxicology, exposure assessment, microbiology, genomics
- Environmental impact assessment, modeling, risk assessment and reduction
- Soil and surface/groundwater assessment
Graduates from our program obtain employment within federal, state and local regulatory agencies, non-profit organizations, contract research laboratories, industry, consulting firms, and universities. Positions include research scientist, water quality specialist, health and safety officer, risk assessor, risk manager, toxicologist, ecotoxicologist, health physicist, and professor.