PhD in Environmental Toxicology

About the PhD in Environmental Toxicology

The goal of the Toxicology program is to provide education in the development, interpretation, and utilization of toxicological data for solving environmental health problems. This requires training in basic biomedical and public health sciences such as biochemistry and molecular biology, physiology, epidemiology, and biostatistics, as well as more specialized studies in toxicology, risk assessment, and risk communication. The focus is on identifying, understanding, and analyzing toxic agents and their effects on human health. Research areas include neurological, hepatic, renal, and respiratory systems; prenatal and neonatal development; and carcinogenic and genetic effects of toxicants. The program also offers a strong focus on risk assessment.

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements include DEOHS core courses, degree option specific courses, and electives. A minimum of 94 total credits is required to complete this degree. In addition to course requirements, doctoral students are required to complete a number of degree milestones. Taken together, the coursework and milestones ensure that, upon satisfactory completion of the Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Toxicology, students will be able to demonstrate the competencies detailed on the School of Public Health competencies page.