PhD in Public Health, Environmental Health

The PhD in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health is offered by the Department of Environmental and Global Health in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. The Environmental Health Concentration prepares students for the rigors of independent scientific investigation and leadership roles in the environmental and public health sectors with a specific focus on chemical and biological contaminant stress and exposure outcomes.

Applicants are encouraged to view the research interests and activities of faculty in the Department of Environmental and Global Health before applying ( and One of the most important parts of admission to the program is a strong match with a faculty advisor whose research program aligns with the students interests. Therefore, we also encourage students to communicate with faculty ahead of their application submission to facilitate discussions about potential opportunities in specific faculty member’s labs.


Hao Chen

Hao Chen graduated from our program in 2017 and transitioned to the Environmental Protection Agency as an ORISE Fellow in the Respiratory Division.

Hao Chen Graduation


The PhD in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health will require a minimum of 90 post-baccalaureate credit hours. These credits will include core public health coursework (15 credits); quantitative methods and statistics (12 credits); professional issues (6 credits); environmental health concentration core courses and electives (36 credits); supervised teaching (3 credits); and dissertation research (18 credits).

Upon successful completion of all program components, culminating in the dissertation defense, program graduates will be awarded the PhD in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health. Graduates from this program find leadership positions at universities, federal and state government agencies (e.g. public health departments, US Environmental Protection Agency), health and environmental research firms, and non-profit local, national, and international agencies. Click here to view more information about the PhD curriculum.

Funding Your Studies

Students are only accepted to our PhD program if the department can provide a stipend and tuition waiver. Students are typically expected to pay minimal fees during their tenure in the program. Funding for PhD students may come from intramural (fellowships, department funds, etc) or extramural (Grants) sources.

Prospective students and current students are also encouraged to seek funding through the following programs:


Please find Admission Requirements here, and learn How To Apply.

Please note: PhD Applicants should include the following in your statement of Purpose:

  • 1) Your background, experience, and any other inspirations that make our programs of interest to you.
  • 2) Since an advisor match is part of the admission process, please provide your thoughts on which faculty member(s) might best support your program, if admitted.
  • 3) How a degree in Environmental and Global Health will support your career goals and aspirations.
  • NOTE: Although a formal interview is not required at this time, applicants are encouraged to visit the department prior to, or during the application process.

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Applications for Fall 2025 are due by December 1st, 2024.

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