Academics

The Division of Environmental Health Sciences offers curricula leading to the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree, the Master of Science (M.S.) degree, an accelerated Master of Science (M.S.) degree, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Our degree programs prepare students, with prior undergraduate/graduate education in natural and physical sciences, to be leaders, with the technical knowledge and skills necessary to assume expanded roles in the research assessment of environmental exposures to humans.

The Division provides the environmental health sciences core course for all public health majors and specialty courses for graduate students in the environmental health science specialty. Environmental health sciences courses are also available to graduate students majoring in natural sciences, engineering and health sciences.

At this time, the Division does not offer an undergraduate degree in Environmental Health Sciences. However, undergraduate students interested in Environmental Health Sciences can take EHS graduate level (500) courses in their junior and senior year. In addition, EHS courses can be used to satisfy part of the core public health courses in the new Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health Sciences program.

Our graduate degree programs combine the public health sciences of biostatistics, environmental health and epidemiology with natural sciences, mathematics and engineering to better understand the effects of environmental stressors on human health. Environmental health sciences professionals anticipate new problems and identify existing ones. They design, implement and evaluate solutions to environmental problems to meet the public health needs of society.

Environmental Health Sciences is a division within the Department of Public Health in the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS). The SPHHS is fully accredited by the Council of Education for Public Health, and is a member of the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health.