PhD in Environmental Toxicology

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The field of toxicology is focused on developing improved ways to identify and reduce the harmful effects of chemical, physical, and biological agents at all levels of biological organization, from molecules to humans to complex ecosystems. The PhD degree in Environmental Toxicology trains students to identify, understand, and analyze toxic agents and their effects on human health and the environment. The curriculum includes courses in the supporting sciences of biostatistics and epidemiology, as well as foundational courses in exposure science and environmental health. Additional courses provide in-depth training in risk assessment and the fundamentals of toxicology, including organ system toxicology and the effects and mechanisms of toxicity of a wide range of toxic agents. Students in this degree option conduct in-depth toxicological research on topics such as neurological, hepatic, renal, and respiratory systems; prenatal and neonatal development; and the carcinogenic and genetic effects of toxicants.

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Career paths of recent graduates

Graduates find careers in a range of private, public and academic positions, which include consulting firms; state and federal health and environmental regulatory agencies; product safety evaluation organizations; chemical, consumer products, pharmaceutical industries; and major universities. Recent graduates from this degree option are currently working as:

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Alicia Hendrix

Alicia Hendrix earned an undergraduate degree in marine biology, then discovered a passion for environmental toxicology while studying algal toxins as a volunteer with the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

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More information & requirements

The PhD in Environmental Toxicology is a terminal degree. Students in this option complete a dissertation as a culminating experience.

A complete list of course requirements and degree requirements for the PhD in Environmental Toxicology is available here.