Toxicology

ToxicologyThe field of toxicology identifies environmental and therapeutic exposures of concern, reveals mechanisms by which exposures 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's health. The major goal of toxicology is to ensure that the products and chemicals that we use are safe for people and the environment.

Graduates of our program are well positioned to work at the front lines of public health in positions in research, government, the pharmaceutical industry, product safety evaluation, public service, health policy, and regulatory affairs.  Recent graduates of our program have found employment in federal agencies as scientists and regulators; in academic institutions as professors and researchers; in industry as safety study directors and scientific consultants; as professionals in chemical and environmental risk assessment; and in many other interesting and important positions.

The department offers and Master of Science (MS) and Doctoral of Philosophy (PhD) in Toxicology.  The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree allows students to create a focus area in Toxicology based on their interests.