Environmental Health Sciences
Environmental Health Sciences is an applied field focusing on human response to environmental agents. The multidisciplinary field has roots in a host of basic sciences evident from the varied backgrounds of faculty and students.
As a discipline, practitioners develop the expertise to: mitigate harmful practices, identify behaviors and conditions that are linked to disease or injury, improve health status, and promote healthy lives. The practice of Environmental Health Science is applied to individuals, communities and populations. NIOSH training funds may be available for applicants interested in protecting worker health and safety.
The Environmental Health Sciences program represents the assembly of diverse faculty working in related applied science disciplines. Faculty research focuses on human exposures via inhalation, ingestion, dermal absorption and injection. They have experience with multimedia (air, water, food, beverage and dermal absorption), multi-pathway exposure and quantitative risk assessment.
Recent projects address public safety, mining, the evaluation of microbial, pollen and fungal exposures; arsenic and pesticide exposures and associated disease processes and health outcomes. Work has been done in a cross-section of the general population as well as within special populations including workers (miners, firefighters, and healthcare providers), children and minorities (Latinos, Native Americans). EHS faculty are internationally recognized and involved in numerous activities around the world in both developed and developing nations.
The Doctorate in Environmental Health Sciences (PhD) provides field, classroom and laboratory experiences for incoming students with highly varied backgrounds. This health focused program builds on an extensive array of basic sciences, from climate change to toxicology. The program develops leaders for industry, government and academia committed to research, education and the practice of environmental health science. Admission to the program is contingent on earning an MS or MPH in environmental health science or a related field.
The Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences (MS) provides students with training and preparation for leadership roles (project leaders, program developers) in current and emerging environmental health science disciplines. The program employs a multidisciplinary approach linking the assessment of health impacts with the environment. Students must complete a Masters program to enter the PhD research program in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Arizona.
The Master of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health (MPH) provides students with broad-based training in public health with a focus on protecting workers and communities. The program employs a multidisciplinary approach linking the assessment of health impacts in response to environmental insults for practitioners. Students are prepared to evaluate compliance with agency standards and assume oversight roles in projects and programs addressing current and emerging environmental health science disciplines.
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a concentrated study in Environmental and Occupational Health (BS) is designed to promote an understanding of health and disease based on public health principles. The primary goal of the program is to train public health professionals who will seek to improve the quality of life of individuals and communities. Those in the Environmental and Occupational Health will receive additional training in fundamentals of environmental and industrial health, health preparedness, and risk assessment.
*Graduate students in EHS degree programs with a worker protection or industrial hygiene focus may be eligible for funds provided by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). These training funds are administered through the Director of the Office of Student an Alumni Affairs with EHS faculty review.