The PhD Program in the Department of Environmental Health prepares a student with highly specialized and applied research skills that seek to better understand the links between environmental exposures and human health outcomes.
Briefly, the degree requires the following:
- Completion of 42 credit hours of coursework
- Completion of Qualifying Exam (typically by end of year 2/beginning of year 3)
- Completion of a Proposal Defense (typically in year 3)
- Admission to candidacy (following completion of coursework, qualifying exam, and successful proposal defense)
- Completion of 18 Dissertation Research credits
- Successful Dissertation Defense (typically in year 5)
The program considers for admission qualified candidates only after they have found a department faculty member willing to mentor them on a funded research project. For further information, contact Dr. Laura Vandenberg by phone at 413-577-7405 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants must have a background in natural sciences, engineering, or a closely related field. In addition to the major concentration in Environmental Health Sciences, the student selects a minor in either Public Health or another appropriate Ph.D. granting department within the university.