Environmental health sciences is a discipline that investigates biological, chemical, and physical factors that affect the health of a community. Focusing on interrelationships between people and their environments, the discipline seeks to translate environmental health research into effective public health practice; promote human health and well-being; and foster safe and healthy environments.

Environmental public health scientists address issues such as the control of epidemic diseases, food and water safety, treatment and disposal of liquid and airborne wastes, elimination of workplace stressors, and the role of environment in chronic illnesses. Environmental health sciences  professionals also tackle long range problems, including the effects of toxic chemicals and radioactive waste, acidic deposition, depletion of the ozone layer, and global warming on human health.

There are currently excellent career opportunities for MPH graduates with a concentration in environmental health sciences. The most recent Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of the Public’s Health in the 21st Century, emphasizes the need for additional state and local public health professionals to address environmental and occupational health problems. The demand for master’s level public health professionals in environmental health will grow even greater with the aging workforce; approximately 40% of environmental health practitioners are projected to retire in the next 5-10 years. To help address these critical problems, the University of Maryland School of Public Health offers masters and doctoral programs for those interested in careers in research, practice, and academia.

Master of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences 

A professional degree for career advancement and a training ground for the next generation of environmental health research experts. Our MPH explores the critical relationships between environmental exposures and health. Our faculty and students support the development of effective environmental health policy, a process reinforced by close mentorship and practical experiences through internships focused on translating research into action.

Master of Science, Environmental Health Sciences

A research degree focused on core knowledge of environmental health. Through courses, a laboratory rotation, and direct research, students gain experience and research skills in environmental health.

Doctor of Philosophy, Environmental Health Sciences

Master an essential knowledge of environmental health, occupational hygiene, toxicology, epidemiology and biostatistics. Through courses, field studies and laboratory rotations, students gain experience and tools needed to specialize in the broader area of environmental health.

Doctor of Philosophy, Epidemiology: Environmental Health track

Our faculty additionally mentor doctoral candidates on the environmental epidemiology track of the epidemiology PhD program within the School of Public Health.

Certificate in Global Health, post-baccalaureate

Learn about the issues, policies, and practices that enable individuals who may not have public health backgrounds to work effectively in agencies and programs providing global health services. This 12-credit program emphasizes translational health issues and combining population-based prevention methods with evidence-based, community-supported initiatives.

UMD Global STEWARDS (STEM Training at the Nexus of Energy, WAter Reuse and FooD Systems) National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NSF NRT)

The UMD Global STEWARDS (STEM Training at the Nexus of Energy, WAter Reuse and FooD Systems) graduate training fellowship, funded by the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) program, is preparing future leaders focused on innovations at the nexus of food, energy and water (FEW) systems. This highly interdisciplinary program is preparing PhD students from UMD programs in the life and public health sciences, earth system sciences, engineering and computational sciences, social behavioral sciences, natural resource management studies, energy and environmental policy, and other FEW-related programs through hands-on domestic and international experiences, as well as research, professional development, and outreach opportunities.