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Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Health

The Department of Environmental Health and Engineering offers the following three track options for our PhD in Environmental Health:


Academic Program Administrator
Katie Phipps, MSEd

Health Security

The track in Health Security focuses on research and training in a wide, complementary range of topics aimed to reduce health security threats and their impacts, and to increase community resilience to global catastrophic biological risks. Students in this track will focus on identifying major health security risks, applying risk assessment principles to address health security risks, identifying and assessing current initiatives to improve health security, evaluating the effectiveness of health security strategies, and communicating information to inform policy.

Toxicology, Physiology & Molecular Mechanisms

Basic research in this track is focused on discovering novel molecular mechanisms that drive the pathophysiology of major chronic diseases to develop prevention and therapeutic strategies to improve public health. Students in this track will engage in academic training in specific areas of environmental health with in-depth courses in molecular, toxicologic, physiologic, immunologic, and pathophysiologic sciences.

Exposure Sciences and Environmental Epidemiology

This track offers research and training opportunities in key topic areas relevant to environmental and occupational health. These areas include air, water, the food system, early life exposures, metals and synthetic chemicals, environmental microbiology, the built environment, global environmental health, molecular and integrated epidemiology, and the investigation of susceptibility factors and effective interventions.