Launched in Fall 2018, students in the doctoral program in Environmental Health Sciences at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) in the School of Public Health master an essential core of knowledge in environmental and occupational health, epidemiology and biostatistics. Elective courses and rotations with faculty field studies and laboratories offer students the knowledge and skills needed to specialize within the broader area of environmental health and become independent researchers.
The PhD program in Environmental Health Sciences consists of a minimum of 46 credit hours of graduate courses depending on the incoming student’s previous coursework. In particular, students without an MPH degree will require additional coursework as required by the public health accrediting body (CEPH). Graduate courses include (1) core courses within environmental health, epidemiology and biostatistics; (2) supporting courses in environmental health research, ethics, public health, and grant writing; (3) specialized courses selected within the research foci; and (4) dissertation credits. Program requirements for a PhD degree also include successful completion of a written and oral comprehensive exam, 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.
The curriculum for the Environmental Health Sciences PhD program is designed to provide an essential core of knowledge in environmental and occupational health, together with elective courses that offer students the background needed to specialize within this broad area.