Ph.D. in Environmental Health Science

PhD in Environmental Health Sciences

The purpose of the Environmental Health Sciences Ph.D. Program is to promote the environmental health sciences, and identify, prevent, and manage disease and injury. This purpose will be fulfilled through dedication to higher (doctoral level) education and training, distinction in research, innovation in policy development, and improvement of health strategies.

The course of study leading to the Ph.D. degree will be specifically designed to allow the student to achieve his or her stated interests and goals. It will take into consideration the student’s prior training and experiences, and the specific background required for demonstration of competence in an area of Environmental Health Science. Students are encouraged to take an active role in developing their program of study. A minimum of 72 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, or 36 to 42 semester hours for students entering with a master’s degree, is required. The minimum semester hours required for students entering with a master’s degree will be determined by the Environmental Health Sciences Ph.D. Program Committee based on the student’s academic record and achievements. Additional hours beyond the minimum may be needed for completion of the degree program.

Program Admission Requirements

PhD in Environmental Health Sciences Program Information

The Environmental Health Sciences Ph.D. Program Committee will review applications for admission to the program. Admission decisions are made on the basis of an overall evaluation of the applicant’s ability to complete advanced study in the Environmental Health Sciences. The applicant must have earned an appropriate M.S. or more advanced research-based (thesis) degree in appropriate field of study or a MPH or more advanced degree in a research-based (thesis) option from an accredited institution. Exceptions are made for outstanding students holding appropriate baccalaureate degrees.

Admission is based on the GPA, GRE scores, quality of reference letters, strength of background (coursework, college attended and work experience), and available space in the program. The program can grant conditional admission to candidates not meeting all of the minimum requirements. For example, work experience and letters of reference can be used to justify conditional admission for students not meeting one of the minimum requirements (e.g., GRE or GPA below what the program considers acceptable). However, work experience cannot be substituted for one of the requirements. All students must submit an official transcript, a statement of purpose, GRE scores, three letters of reference, and current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume before their application will be considered.

 Kimberlee Hall







PhD Coordinator



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