Master of Public Health Degree in Environmental Health Sciences

Shannon Hamilton doing mosquito surveillance as part of her internship


  • 2Year Program
  • 60Credit Hours
  • 95%Of recent graduates are employed or pursuing an advanced degree

In the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Michigan Public Health, people are at the heart of our science. Our cutting-edge research leads the way to sustainable action, as we uncover and address the chemical, biological, physical, and psychosocial stressors shaping human and environmental health. From classroom and laboratory learning to professional leadership, our students, faculty, and staff use their education to advance transformations global and local. They help build healthy cities, design sustainable products, explore the human genome, safeguard workers, and impact public policy—to educate, empower, and improve the health of populations in the US and across the globe.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Environmental Health Sciences prepares students for leadership positions in a wide range of organizations across local, regional, state, national, and international contexts.

I think what makes a good environmental health scientist is having a love for human life itself.

—Alextia Armstrong

 

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Degree Options

Clayton DesJardin posting in safety gear during his internship

Environmental Health Promotion and Policy

The Environmental Health Promotion and Policy MPH program provides students with the public health background and skills to evaluate environmental and occupational health risks and develop solutions based on health promotion and policy tools to reduce such risks. The program will provide students with the public health background and skills to evaluate environmental and occupational health risks and develop solutions based on health promotion and policy tools to reduce such risks.

AbileneEmerson at Bells as part of her internship

Environmental Health Sciences

The Environmental Health Sciences MPH provides a broad foundation in environmental and occupational health while also allowing students to specialize in a concentration based on their career interests listed below.

Concentrations


Environmental Quality, Sustainability and Health
 

Looks at the chemical and biological interfaces of humans in their many environments and develop sustainable prevention measures

Exposure Science-Industrial Hygiene 

Examines exposure to harmful agents and finds solutions to protect workers

Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology 

Investigates patterns and causes of disease and injury across human populations

Toxicology

Explains how and why environmental exposures impact health


Student Spotlight

I think what makes a good environmental health scientist is having a love for human life itself.

—Alextia Armstrong

Alextia Armstrong, MPH student in Environmental Health Sciences, interned at City of Ann Arbor's Water Treatment Plant.
Learn more about Alextia's story.


How to Apply

Financial Aid

Environmental Health Sciences MPH students can receive financial support from one or more of the following sources:

  • Traineeships from the NIOSH ERC
  • Grants/scholarships the School of Public Health
  • Teaching assistantships from Environmental Health Sciences or other School of Public Health departments
  • Research assistantships from faculty research grants
  • Smaller scholarship awards from external organizations, such as the American Industrial Hygiene Foundations (AIHF), Chevron, and
    the 3M Corporation
  • $4M+Student financial support from the School of Public Health

Admitted Environmental Health Sciences students are automatically considered for School of Public Health scholarships and support from the NIOSH ERC (U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents only). Teaching and research assistantships are determined by arrangement with faculty and/or department. Applications for the smaller scholarships depend on the sources.

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Prospective students with undergraduate degrees in any field are welcome to apply. Typical undergraduate majors among applicants admitted to the MPH in recent years include environmental sciences/studies, public health, industrial hygiene, biology, chemistry, biochemistry and engineering. Undergraduate courses in organic chemistry, calculus and physics are recommended.

  • Applicants to the Environmental Health Promotion and Policy MPH must have a minimum of one undergraduate course in biology.
  • Applicants to the Environmental Health Sciences MPH must have a minimum of one undergraduate course in biology and one in chemistry.
  • Applicants to the Environmental Health Sciences MPH Industrial Hygiene Concentration must have a minimum of one undergraduate course in each of the following:  (1) general biology, (2) general chemistry, (3) organic chemistry, (4) general physics and (5) calculus

Please visit our Admissions & Aid page for details on the application process and financial aid options. View additional information for international applicants.

Application Deadlines

Application instructions and deadlines for all University of Michigan School of Public Health programs can be found on the Admissions & Aid webpage