MS In Environmental Health

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Environmental exposures cause hundreds of thousands of illnesses each year, including asthma and cancers. This Master of Science degree in Environmental Health trains students to identify, evaluate, and control exposures to chemical and microbial contaminants in air, water, soil, and food. The curriculum includes courses in the supporting sciences of biostatistics and epidemiology, as well as foundational courses in exposure science, toxicology, and risk assessment. Additional courses provide training in waste management, air pollution, water and wastewater, and other environmental health topics. Students earning this degree are well prepared to help maintain a safe supply of food and drinking water, discover mechanisms of diseases caused by environmental exposures, treat and dispose of solid and toxic wastes, and reduce air, water, and noise pollution.

Career Paths of Recent Graduates

Graduates from the MS in Environmental Health program pursue careers in environmental health practice, research, or consulting, or continue on to doctoral work in the field.  Recent graduates from this degree option are currently working as:

  • An Environmental Health Associate at Ramboll Environ, a global consulting firm that works to manage environmental and health risks (Class of 2015)
  • A Public Affairs Specialist at the Environmental Protection Agency (Class of 2015)
  • An Environmental & Health Sciences Consultant at ICF International, a global consulting and technology services provider (Class of 2015)

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Current Student Profile

Meagan Jackson

"I have always been interested in health, but knew that I did not want to be a medical doctor. As I explored different public health fields, I learned from communities around the world that depend on the environment for their livelihoods. I learned how environmental changes are limiting agricultural productivity and access to clean water, depleting fish stocks, and leading to health problems. I became interested in environmental health because I saw that our interactions with the environment have global impacts on health.

My current research involves partnering with the Washington State Department of Health to study ultraviolet disinfection in onsite wastewater treatment. We want to know whether ultraviolet disinfection units operate properly under field conditions. To answer this question, I am observing septic systems in the field, running tests for the presence of microorganisms, and talking with people who operate and maintain these systems. My long-term career goal is to work with a community-based organization to provide resources that empower communities to access environmental health interventions and promote environmental justice."

More Information & Requirements

The MS in Environmental Health is a 2-year degree. Students in this option complete a research thesis as a culminating experience. A complete list of course requirements for the MS in Environmental Health is available here