PhD in Public Health, Environmental Health

Program Overview

The PhD in Public Health, Environmental Health concentration offered by the College of Public Health and Health Professions, 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 (7 credits); concentration area (35 credits); supervised research (3 credits); supervised teaching (3 credits); and dissertation research (15 credits).

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, public health departments), health and environmental research firms, and non-profit local, national, and international agencies.

Graduates from our program:


Learning Objectives


Funding Your Studies


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Learning Objectives

Upon graduation, our PhD students will be able to:

  • Describe to specific communities or general populations the direct and indirect human and ecological effects of major environmental agents.
  • Describe genetic, physiological and psychosocial factors that affect susceptibility to adverse health outcomes following exposure to environmental hazards.
  • Explain the health effects and general mechanisms of toxicity in eliciting a toxic response to exposure to various environmental toxicants.
  • Specify approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards that pose risks to human health and the environment.
  • Develop a testable model of an environmental insult or design a way to evaluate an environmental insult.


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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 here.

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.

International applicants must submit a World Education Services (WES) evaluation in lieu of official transcripts

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