Master of Science (MS)

Environmental Health MS

Improve environmental and workplace safety and health.

Environmental Health is the study of how factors in the environment — such as chemical toxicants, infectious disease, foodborne illness, changing climates, and workplace hazards — affect human health.

The Master of Science (MS) in Environmental Health program focuses on the research and analytic methods underlying evidence-based decision-making, and is ideal for both practitioners and those contemplating careers in research or academic institutions.

Discover how to improve environmental and workplace safety and health through this rigorous, top-ranked program that expertly blends science with public health concepts. Learn more about an MS degree.

What is Environmental Health?

Environmental health is focused on how the environment — where we live and work, what we eat, the air we breathe — impacts human health. Our Division of Environmental Health Sciences improves the health of individuals and communities by conducting rigorous and collaborative research to identify risks, reduce hazards, and inform public health policies. We prepare future leaders with MPH, MS, and PhD degrees.

Many of these degree options are STEM designated. No GRE required.

Areas of Emphasis

Students can pursue a general Environmental Health degree or choose one of the following areas of emphasis to pursue distinct interest areas through elective courses:

  • General
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Infectious Diseases
  • Environmental & Occupational Epidemiology
  • Injury & Violence Epidemiology & Prevention*
  • Exposure Sciences
  • Food Safety
  • Toxicology

View more information about program options and areas of emphasis.

Advantages of the Program

  • Connected. Close partnerships with state agencies (such as the Minnesota Department of Health) and local companies (such as 3M, Medtronic, Cargill, and Ecolab), provide unique applied practice experiences, professional mentorship, and abundant career opportunities.
  • Innovative research. Students engage with and learn from faculty who are deeply involved in current practice and research.
  • Highly ranked. A degree from a top 10 public school of public health provides distinction in competitive career environments.

Application Deadline

Scholarship Consideration Deadline: December 1
Final Deadline: June 15

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