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Frequently Asked Questions

Who would be interested in the ScM?

The Master of Science (ScM) in Environmental Health is intended for individuals with a strong interest in pursuing research in one of the various areas within Environmental Health. Typically, these students have prior hands-on experience in laboratory, field or population-based investigations that they would like to build upon. The ScM thesis is based on original research carried out by the student under the direction of a faculty adviser.

Graduates of the program are well-prepared to transition directly into opportunities for further training and research through doctoral degree programs in their primary areas of interest. For those wishing to apply their knowledge and research skills in the field of environmental health prior to pursuing advanced degrees, the ScM will position graduates to compete for research positions in the private sector, federal agencies and non-governmental organizations.

How do I apply?

The Admissions Services website provides a detailed list of application requirements and instructions. Applications are accepted on an on-going, space-available basis after the priority deadline (April 15) until all spots are filled.

How long does it take to complete the ScM program?

Students will complete the ScM degree on a full-time basis in two academic years. Due to the sequencing of courses in the curriculum, all students must begin the program in the first term of the academic year. 

The 8-week term structure at the Bloomberg School of Public Health permits students to take advantage of a broad range of courses. This allows development of a strong environmental health foundation in their selected focus area during the academic year.

Who will serve as my adviser?

At the beginning of the academic year, students will be assigned an adviser by the program director that is based on similar interests and needed expertise. Advisers are Departmental faculty members who participate in the ScM and MHS in EH degree programs and are well-versed in program requirements. The adviser serves as the first point of contact and will provide guidance in dealing with academic matters including selection and final approval of courses and general programmatic advice.

For students who transition into the ScM at the end of the second term, advising will transfer to the faculty member who will mentor the student in fulfilling the research requirements for the ScM degree. It is anticipated that a close relationship will develop between student and mentor over the course of the program.

Where can I find more details about the ScM program?

Details about the ScM program can be found in the student handbook.