MS in Environmental Health

About the Master of Science in Environmental Health

This interdisciplinary degree program addresses public health issues associated with exposures to human-caused and naturally occurring chemical and microbial contaminants in air, water, soil, and food. The curriculum for this degree includes core courses and electives covering a wide range of environmental health topics and disciplines, including: environmental chemistry, pollution monitoring, hazardous waste management, water and wastewater treatment, policy analysis, and environmental health law and regulation. Hands-on research experience is a key aspect of the program. Students are expected to work closely with faculty and complete a research-based master’s thesis. This degree is designed for individuals who anticipate careers in environmental health consulting, research, or practice; and for those interested in pursuing doctoral work in environmental or occupational health.

Our Graduates

Our MS-EH graduates are employed by environmental protection agencies at the federal or state level of government, public health agencies at the state or local level, or environmental consulting firms.

Student Research & Internships

Visit our Student Research Page to learn more about the wide range of research projects undertaken by former MS-EH students. Choose a year, then click on the arrow next to "OPTION SHORT NAME" to sort by degree option. Projects completed by students in this degree option are indicated by the short name "EH." 

In addition to (or as part of) their research, our graduate students are encouraged to seek internships as a way of building professional experience. For more information on the internship program and other career services, please visit the Careers section of our web site

Funding Opportunities

Tuition and salary support may be available for students in the MS-OEES degree option and is awarded on a competitive basis. 

A Commitment to Diversity

Our department recognizes the value of diversity in both our own institution and the broader field of environmental and occupational health. We strive to provide an educational environment that encourages participation by students with diverse backgrounds and experiences, including under-represented minority, first-generation college and economically disadvantaged students. 

Degree Requirements

The MS-EH degree course of study covers a diverse range of topics. These topics are selected to be responsive to the needs of students, professionals, and employers in the rapidly evolving field of environmental and occupational health. Degree requirements include DEOHS core courses, degree option specific courses, and electives. Students in this degree option are required to write and defend a master's thesis for their culminating experience. A minimum of 58 total credits is required to complete this degrees. Upon satisfactory completion of the MS-OEES degree, students will be able to demonstrate the competencies detailed on the School of Public Health competencies page.

DEOHS Core Courses
BIOSTATISTICS Requirement (Choose One 2-Course Series):
BIOST 511 1 orMedical Biometry I (AUT, 4 credits)
BIOST 517 1Applied Biostatistics I (AUT, 4 credits)
EPI 511 2Introduction to Epidemiology (AUT, 4 credits)
ENV H 501Foundations of Environmental Health (WIN, 4 credits)
ENV H 505 Fundamentals of Environmental and Occupational Toxicology (SPR, 4 credits)
ENV H 551Human Exposure to Environmental Contaminants (AUT, 4 credits)
RISK ASSESSMENT Requirement (Choose One):
ENV H 543 orQuantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (SPR, 3 credits)
ENV H 572 orEnvironmental Risk and Society (AUT, 3 credits)
ENV H 577Risk Assessment for Environmental Health Hazards (AUT, 3 credits)
ENV H 580Environmental and Occupational Health Seminar  (AUT/WIN/SPR, 3 quarters of 1-credit each = 3 credits)
Degree Option requirements
ENV H 541Ecology of Environmentally Transmitted Microbial Hazards  (AUT, 3 credits)
ENV H 552Environmental Chemistry of Pollution (SPR, 4 credits)
ENV H XXXTwo Additional ENV H Courses (Min. 6 credits) 3
TBDAdditional elective courses as needed to reach 58 total credits
ENV H 583 5 andThesis Research Proposal Preparation (1 credit) AND
ENV H 700Master’s Thesis (9 credits)
  1. Students can substitute a higher level BIOST course for BIOST 511 or BIOST 517. 
  2. Students can substitute a higher level EPI course for EPI 511.
  3. Students choose two courses from two of the following topic areas:
  • Waste Management: ENVH 445 (Solid Waste Management, 3 credits) or ENVH 546 (Hazardous Waste Management, 3 credits)
  • Air Pollution: ENVH 548 (Community Air Pollution, 3 credits)
  • Water and Wastewater: ENVH 545 (Water, Wastewater, and Health, 4 credits)
  1. ENVH 583 requires that students take 2 credits of either ENVH 700 (Thesis Preparation) or 600 (Independent Study) concurrently. 

Contact Us

For more information about the MS-OEES degree option, please contact Trina Sterry, Manager of Student & Academic Services, at or 206-543-3199.