PhD Environmental Health Sciences Concentration

The PhD program in Public Health Sciences prepares professionals for research, teaching, and service with the overall objective of improving the health of populations.  To meet this objective, all students in the program pursue excellence in conducting research and disseminating knowledge. The primary focus is on research that advances knowledge and facilitates discovery regarding etiology, interventions, and policies that promote health at the individual, population, societal, and/or global levels. The concentration of environmental health sciences will prepare students to research, teach and apply knowledge on the interrelationships between the environment and human health and the regional, national and global significance. Students will be equipped to apply their research skills and knowledge to recognized, evaluate and prevent exposures that may adversely impact human health and environmental quality, whether in the natural or human-made environment.

PhD Core Competencies

PhD Environmental Health Sciences Curriculum

Upon completion of the PhD in Public Health Sciences degree with a concentration in Environmental Health Sciences, the student will have demonstrated proficiency in the following competencies:

  • Identify environmental agents and their sources, and discuss and describe the implications of sources, transport mechanisms;
  • Apply risk assessment and management strategies to environmental and occupational hazards;
  • Employ the paradigms of environmental and occupational health (nature and sources of hazards; exposure, risk assessment and outcomes measures; susceptibility, culture, behavior and disparities) to assess and design studies of environmental and occupational health implications.

The PhD program requires a minimum of 90 semester credit hours (SCH) post-baccalaureate degree and is offered on a full time or part-time basis. Any graduate credits post-baccalaureate, including master’s degree courses may be applied to coursework outlined within the PhD degree plan. A student may apply up to 42 SCH of previously taken graduate level courses toward the completion of the Ph.D. coursework (Advanced Standing). All such courses are subject to approval by the advisor and the PhD Program Committee.

PhD CORE COMPETENCIES Upon completion of the PhD in Public Health core courses, the student will have demonstrated proficiency in the following competencies:

  • Research Theories: synthesize historical, contemporary, and emerging theories and paradigms of significance to public health.
  • Critical Analysis: Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of existing research evidence and identify significant gaps in knowledge.
  • Research Methodology: Comprehend,  design and apply relevant and advanced research methods based on rigorous standards of evidence.
  • Scientific Communications: Develop professional skills in scientific and grant writing, oral communication, and teaching.
  • Ethics: Uphold the highest ethical standards in all professional endeavors, including the design and implementation of research and the participation of human subjects.
  • Discovery and Translational Theory: Conduct investigative research, including areas that facilitate the translation and application of discovery to practice.




2013-2014 PhD in Public Health Sciences Curriculum- Environmental Health Sciences: 90 SCH
Core Courses: 33 SCH
BACH 5300 Theoretical Foundations of Individuals & Community Health 3 SCH
BIOS 5300 Biostatistics for Public Health I 3 SCH
EOHS 5300 Environmental Health 3 SCH
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology 3 SCH
HMAP 5300 Health Management & Policy 3 SCH
BIOS 5310 Biostatistics for Public Health II 3 SCH
BIOS 6300 Applied
Statistical Methods for Data Analysis
HMAP 6360 Ethical Issues in
Public Health
PHED 6118 Seminar/Grand
Rounds in Public Health Research
PHED 6220 Scientific and
Grant Writing
PHED 6314 Methods for Public Health Studies 3 SCH
PHED 6321 Pedagogy in Public

Concentration Required Courses: 21 SCH
BIOS 6314 Applied Categorical Data Analysis 3 SCH
EOHS 5331 Environmental & Occupational Sampling and Analysis Methods 3 SCH
EOHS 5350 Environmental & Occupational Toxicology 3 SCH
EOHS 5340 Exposure and Risk Assessment 3 SCH
EOHS 6300 Environmental Health Determinants 3 SCH
EOHS 6391 Advanced Topics in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences 3 SCH
EPID 6300 Intermediate Epidemiology for Public Health Practice 3 SCH

Elective Courses: 24 SCH

No more than 15 SCH at the 5000 level. Advisor
approval must be provided for all electives.

Culminating Experience: 12 SCH
EOHS 6000 PhD Comprehensive
EOHS 6395 Doctoral
12 SCH
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