General Information 

The doctoral program in Toxicology and Environmental Health at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health is part of the University of Maryland System-Wide Graduate Program in Toxicology. Students will master an essential core of knowledge in toxicology and environmental and occupational health,epidemiology and biostatistics. Elective courses and rotations with faculty field studies and laboratories will offer students the backgroundand tools needed to specialize within the broader area of toxicology and environmental public health. The PhD program consists of a minimum of 46 credit hours of graduate courses. Graduate courses include (1) Toxicology and Environmental & Occupational Health, (2) Basic Epidemiology and Biostatistics, (3) and two areas of specialized focus (Advanced Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Analytical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology/Immunology/Microbiology, or Environmental Science/Ecology/Climate). Program requirements for a PhD degree in toxicology also include successful completion of a written and oral comprehensive exam in the format of an NIH research proposal, oral defense of a written dissertation research proposal, and a minimum of 12 credits of PhD dissertation research, written dissertation, and a final dissertation defense. The program can be completed on either a full- or part time basis. It is anticipated that students will complete more than the minimum number of credits. For more detailed information, click here.

Doctoral Program Outline

Dependent upon entry level qualifications, students are required to take a minimum of 12 credits in Toxicology and Environmental and Occupational Health, 2 Laboratory Rotations for 3 credits each, 3 credits of Environmental Health seminar, 6 credits each to cover the Basic Biostatistics and Epidemiology courses, 1 credit in Scientific Ethics, and 6 credits in two of the following areas*: Advanced Epidemiology, Analytical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology/Immunology/Microbiology, or Environmental Science/Ecology/Climate.

* For Specialized Area One and Two students will be advised on course options to develop the focus of their doctoral plan. Students may take advantage of courses offered on any of the campuses of the University of Maryland, as long as they take the indicated number of hours of credit from courses offered in each subject area. This is subject to pre-approval by their advisor to ensure that these courses meet the requirements of the doctoral program. Additional courses include but are not limited to:

MIEH 780 Environmental and Occupational Diseases
MIEH 760 Spatial Epidemiology
EPIB 621 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
MEES 698E Ecosystem Restoration
MEES 608C Diseases in Chesapeake Bay
MIEH 730 Environmental Justice, Built Environment, and Health Disparities
MIEH 735 Food Toxicology

Students without prior training in physiology are required to take mammalian physiology (BIOL 708M) or an equivalent course before matriculation, or during the first semester. Attendance at Environmental Health Seminars is required even if students are not enrolled in the seminar class that semester.

Students without a prior MPH from a CEPH accredited program or school of public health must demonstrate basic competency in health behavior and health services administration either by meeting criteria set by the respective faculties at UMSPH, by taking 3 credits each in Health Behavior (HLTH 665) and Introduction to Health Systems (HLSA 601) as part of the Ph.D. program, or taking analternative course designed to cover these topics as designated by the Graduate Public Health Committee of the School of Public Health. Students may, with approval from their advisor and committee, count prior course work taken at Maryland or another university as meeting the basic requirements in epidemiology, biostatistics, and other required areas, but at a minimum must take courses within the University of Maryland system to meet requirements for 12 credits of toxicology and environmental and occupational health, two laboratory rotations for 3 credits each, and 6 credits each in two areas of specialization as described above.

To apply to the PhD program, go the SOPHAS website