Doctor of Philosophy in the Field of Environmental Health

Program Directors K. Applebaum, L. Price

The mission of the doctor of philosophy (PhD) in the field of environmental health program is to educate individuals focused on developing new knowledge in the methods or applications of environmental health sciences that translates to environmental public health policy and practice. Program scholars will advance knowledge in analysis and laboratory sciences. 

Graduates can expect to be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills across a wide range of epidemiologic and biostatistical theories and methods.
  • Use knowledge in environmental public health risk sciences.
  • Understand general and specialized concepts and methodologies for scientific research in environmental health.
  • Understand and identify data that scientifically addresses environmental health disparity issues related to environmental justice, occupational exposures and global inequities in exposures and susceptibilities.
  • Demonstrate ability to work in interprofessional settings, e.g., in collaboration with quantitative, environmental, physical, and social scientists.
  • Understand and abide by guidelines for ethical research practice and responsible conduct of research.
  • Understand how to identify and appropriately work with communities from which research subjects are drawn and/or those who are most impacted by the conduct and results of the research.
  • Conduct independent research, analyze data, and communicate results.
  • Disseminate research findings to scientific and lay audiences.  

Visit the program website for additional program information.  

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 72 credits, including 43 credits in required courses, 15 credits in elective courses, and 14 credits in dissertation courses.

Foundational (25 credits)
PUBH 6002Biostatistical Applications for Public Health
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
PUBH 6011Environmental and Biological Foundations of Public Health
PUBH 6131Quantitative Methods in Environmental and Occupational Health
or PUBH 6853 Use of Statistical Packages for Data Management and Data Analysis
PUBH 6247Design of Health Studies
PUBH 8110Research Rotations
PUBH 6080Pathways to Public Health
PUBH 8415Instructional Leadership
Environmental health core (21 credits)
PUBH 6121Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
PUBH 6123Toxicology: Applications for Public Health Policy
PUBH 6126Assessment and Control of Environmental Hazards
PUBH 6144
PUBH 8144
Environmental Health Data Development and Modeling
and Advanced Environmental Health Data Development and Modeling
PUBH 8116Communicating Research Results
PUBH 8411Advanced Topics: Principles of Human Health Risk Science
PUBH 8412Advanced Topics: Environmental and Occupational Health Research and Practice
A minimum of 12 credits in elective courses.
14 credits in dissertation research and preparation.
PUBH 8422Advanced Health Care and Public Health Research Design
or PUBH 8435 Dissertation Proposal Development for Social and Behavioral Sciences
PUBH 8999Dissertation Research