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Environmental Health Sciences

Environmental Health Sciences (ENHS) is primarily concerned with the interactions of humans with the environment. Our field focuses on the adverse effects of environmental conditions or contamination on human health and the impacts of human activities on the environment. 

Career opportunities for ENHS exist in federal, state and local environmental regulatory agencies, laboratories, industries, environmental consulting companies and universities. Jobs in the field include research scientist, industrial hygienist, water quality specialist, health and safety officer, ecotoxicologist, health physicist and professor.

ENHS examines the causes and effects of interactions between humans and their environment. Our goal is to understand and minimize impacts on human health and the environment. To explore these complex interactions, numerous elements of pure and applied sciences, including biology, chemistry, geography, physics, engineering, public health and medicine, are required. Two broad areas of emphasis are available to students entering the department’s graduate programs: environmental health and human health.

ENHS holds at least 20 nationally competitive grants from a variety of our field's esteemed professional organizations. Our graduate students receive financial support from these grants via Graduate Research Assistantships. In addition, ENHS graduate students are routinely recipients of nationally competitive research fellowships. 

Degrees Offered

We offer four advanced degrees in environmental health sciences. Find the degree option that works best for you then explore the application deadlines and requirements for each degree.


Environmental Health Sciences News

Sean Norman in Lab

SARS-CoV-2 wastewater monitoring for individual buildings offers insights beyond community-level sampling

Over the past two years, the team discovered that building-level surveillance provides additional useful information, including the emergence of variants and the presence of viral transmission hotspots.

Deja Best

Environmental health sciences department announces 2022 Student Award Winners

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences is proud to announce the recipients of their 2022 Student Awards. These four students were selected for their outstanding performance both academically and outside the classroom.

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Graduate School selects three Arnold School doctoral students to receive university-level awards

Maggie Carson (Environmental Health Sciences) won the Dean's Award for Excellence in Leadership, Valeri Yelverton (Health Services Policy and Management) won the Outstanding Research Award, and Rajat Das Guptas (Epidemiology) won the George M. Reeves Fellowship.    

Eric Vejerano

Eric Vejerano receives NSF CAREER Award to investigate atmospheric sources of persistent free radicals

CAREER is a highly competitive program that the National Science Foundation awards to junior faculty and includes more than $600K in funding over a five-year period from the Division of Chemistry's Environmental Chemical Sciences Program.

Alan Decho

Alan Decho named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science is a lifetime honor that dates back to 1874 and includes fellows such as W.E.B. Dubois, Ellen Ochoa, Maria Mitchell and Thomas Edison.  


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