PhD in Public Health, Environmental Health

The PhD in Public Health, Environmental Health concentration offered by the College of Public Health and Health Professions, requires a minimum of 90 post-baccalaureate credit hours. Upon successful completion of all program components, culminating in the dissertation defense, program graduates will be awarded the PhD in Public Health. Examples of places of employment include universities, federal and state government agencies (e.g. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state public health departments), health and environmental research firms, and non-profit local, national, and international agencies.


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, Environmental Health concentration curriculum includes core public health coursework (15 credits); quantitative methods and statistics (12 credits); professional issues (7 credits); concentration area (35 credits); supervised research (3 credits); supervised teaching (3 credits); and dissertation research (15 credits). Visit here for 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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Join our PhD program

Applications for Fall 2020 are due by January 1st, 2020.