Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree focuses on research and prepares you for a career in university-level teaching and research. A dissertation with original research is part of this degree.
The department offers degrees in the following programs of study:
Environmental Health Sciences Ph.D.
Research areas of interest include a broad range of environmental and occupational areas. Many topics include aspects of environmental quality, sustainability and health, exposure science-industrial Hygiene and occupational and environmental epidemiology
The field of toxicology identifies environmental and therapeutic exposures of concern, reveals mechanisms by which chemical toxicants create pathological dysfunction or disease, identifies interventions for the prevention of adverse effects, conducts safety assessments, and estimates acceptable levels of exposure for the protection of the public health.
There are three major stages in the program to be completed prior to getting the Ph.D.
- Coursework and successful completion of the Doctoral Qualifying Examination (DQE)
- Completion of the research proposal and successful passing of the Preliminary Examination
- Conduct dissertation and research and successfully complete and defend the research
Typically, a Ph.D. program takes a total of 4-5 years to complete . The time frame depends largely on how soon advancement to candidacy is achieved. Once advancement to candidacy has occurred (usually after two years), students typically develop and defend their research prospectus the following year and complete their research effort (including its written presentation) in 2-3 years.
Please view the Environmental Health Sciences Ph.D. guidelines (pdf) for a very detailed description of the requirements and process.
Applicants must have a strong background in the natural sciences. Successful applicants have at least one course in the basic sciences which includes:
- biology and/or physiology
- general chemistry
- organic chemistry
Applicants are evaluated on the basis of undergraduate and graduate academic records, GRE scores or equivalents, letters of recommendation, and commitment to a career in environmental health sciences. In addition, potential students should also list faculty they are interested in working with. A match with a faculty member in the department to mentor a new student is an important consideration in acceptance to the Ph.D. program.
The Department is committed to providing financial aid packages to all students admitted to the department. Financial support is available from a variety of mechanism
- Traineeships from the NIOSH ERC and ETEP
- Grants/Scholarships from the Department, Rackham Graduate School and the School of Public Health
- Teaching assistantships from EHS or other SPH departments
- Research assistantships from faculty research grants
Applications and Deadlines
Application instructions and deadlines for all U-M SPH Programs can be found on the SPH Admissions & Aid webpage.