Environmental Health Concentration (PhD)

The Environmental Health Concentration will provide Ph.D. students with the skills, knowledge, and experiences to understand the chemical, physical, and microbiological aspects of environmental and occupational exposures.

Students will study the transport and fate of environmental contaminants by measurement and modeling of ambient, indoor, and personal exposures to environmental and workplace contaminants and hazards. They will also develop instruments and methods for collecting, analyzing, and assessing the effects of physical, chemical and biological stressors. Students will learn techniques for measuring the influence of environmental factors (physical, chemical and biological) on human disease in communities to provide scientific evidence for sound environmental and health policies.

Required Concentration Courses:

  • PH 9270, Environmental Exposure Analysis
  • PH 8310, Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
  • PH 8320, Human Health and Global Environmental Change
Required Advanced Research Methods and Statistics Courses:
Select at least 4 courses in consultation with the Faculty Advisor.

  • PH 8260, Spatial Population Health I
  • PH 8261, Spatial Population Health II
  • PH 8830, Advanced Statistical Topics
  • PH 8890, Special Topics in Advanced Statistical Modeling
  • PH 8690, Special Topics in Environmental Health
  • PH 9731, Epidemiologic Methods III
  • PH 9741, Advanced Topics in Epidemiologic Methods

Other appropriate research methods/statistics courses may be approved by the Faculty Advisor on the Doctoral Program of Study form. There are a number of departments at the university that offer relevant courses including, but not limited to, Mathematics and Statistics, Managerial Sciences (Decision Sciences unit), Economics, Marketing, Sociology, Public Management and Policy Studies, Psychology, and Educational Policy Studies (Research unit). Other courses that may be approved to satisfy this elective requirement include, but are not limited to Structural Equation Modeling, Finite Mixture Modeling, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Longitudinal Modeling, Survival Analysis, Bayesian Inference, Survey Sampling, Casual Inference, Missing Data, or Nonparametric Statistics.

Required Environmental Health Elective Courses:
Select 2 courses in consultation with the Faculty Advisor.

  • PH 8285, Social Determinants of Health
  • PH 8330, Environmental Factors in Maternal and Child Health
  • PH 8340, Genetic Susceptibilities and Environmental Health