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MS, Environmental Health Sciences

SPH Environmental Health Sciences students conducting water sampling

Understand and mitigate environmental hazards to promote human health and well-being

Environmental health explores the human impacts of environmental hazards (air, water, soil and food) on human health in the context of socio-cultural, economic, work and family environments.

Perfect for...

  • Individuals seeking early graduate training to support future PhD applications
  • Individuals with overlapping interests in engineering, medicine, health policy, agriculture, epidemiology, computer modeling, chemistry, microbiology or geography

Career Paths

  • State departments of health environmental officer
  • Federal agency environmental officer
  • Academic researcher
  • Industry researcher
  • Medical professional

Program Overview

Students in the MS program in Environmental Health Sciences complete an essential core of knowledge in environmental health, epidemiology and biostatistics, in addition to a laboratory rotation, an ethics course, and a seminar course.

See all Environmental Health Sciences Graduate Student Resources

For more information, see the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health flyer.

The M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Environmental Health Sciences have a two-part application process. Applicants must submit the SOPHAS application, the centralized application service for schools and programs of public health and the UMD Supplemental application. Both applications must be submitted and verified by the scheduled deadline. Applications will be reviewed when the SOPHAS and the UMD Supplemental applications are completed.

General Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • At least one undergraduate math course (M.S. applicants)
  • Transcripts from all previous coursework
  • English proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) (international applicants)
  • Statement of purpose and objectives including career and educational goals, professional experience, and research areas of interest

Program Specific Requirements

  • SOPHAS application & UMD Supplemental application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Ph.D. applicants: a master's degree in public health or a related field preferred
  • Fit between applicant's goals and expectations and program degree competencies
  • Writing sample: such as a published manuscript, undergraduate or graduate thesis, research paper. If you submit a published manuscript and you are not the first author you should describe the contributions you made to the publication.
  • Applicants being considered for the program will be invited for a virtual interview with MIAEH faculty members. 

*The review committee will evaluate GRE scores if they are submitted. The lack of scores will not impact applications. If submitted, the program considers competitive scores to be 50th percentile or higher in each of the three parts.

Note: Coursework in environmental health or science, or public health/public policy, or biological/chemical sciences, or biochemistry, or biotechnology, or engineering, or geography/geology, or math, or biostatistics, or epidemiology, or medical sciences, or anthropology, preferred.  

Please visit the Course Catalog and SPH website for more details.

Students in the M.S. program in Environmental Health Sciences complete an essential core of knowledge in environmental health, epidemiology and biostatistics, in addition to a laboratory rotation, an ethics course and a seminar course.

32 credits including thesis and rotation with a faculty member.

Course Module Course Name Credits
Core Cohort Based Courses
(26 Credits) MIEH600 Foundations of Environmental Health 3
MIEH720 Principles of Toxicology 3
MIEH740 Environmental Health Risk Assessment 3
MIEH771 Exposure Assessment of Environmental Hazards 3
SPHL602 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics 4
SPHL603 Public Health Data Laboratory 1
MIEH609 Methods in Environmental Health 3
SPHL611 Public Health Ethics or SPHL612 Research Ethics 1
MIEH688 Seminar in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health: Current Topics in Environmental Health 2
SPHL600 Foundations of Public Health 3
Thesis MIEH799 Master's Thesis Research 3
Non-thesis MIEH789 Independent Study 3
Elective 3

*In order to meet the academic standards of MIAEH, Students must achieve a grade of B- or higher in all required courses (ie: all MIEH and SPHL courses). Failure to meet this requirement will result in the need for a student to retake a course in which they earn a C+ or lower.

Example MIAEH MS Course Sequence 

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the interdisciplinary field of environmental health.
  2. (for M.S. non-thesis project students) Develop a testable hypothesis that would advance the field of environmental health.
  3. (for M.S. thesis students) Design and conduct a research study, analyze data and test a hypothesis that advances the science of environmental health

Risk Assessment, Toxicology, Law and Policy, Foundations of Environmental Health

See MS, Environmental Health Sciences Courses on the UMD Catalog