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Environmental Health Sciences

“The people in the School of Public Health are probably my favorite aspect of the School. They’re fantastic, they’re friendly, they are smart, and they’re interdisciplinary, and we have so much fun together.”

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Faculty and students in the Environmental Health Sciences Division research, teach and learn how human populations—especially the most vulnerable members of society, such as young children, pregnant women, and the poor—are affected by environmental exposures, ranging from microbial and chemical contamination of water, air and other media, to climate change, industrialization, and unplanned urbanization. We develop and apply cutting-edge methods, build research collaborations across global and domestic institutions, and lead major research centers and projects around the world. Our faculty educate, challenge, mentor, and inspire tomorrow’s leaders in environmental health, preparing students to assess the health impacts of environmental exposures, and to advance means for their measurement and control. Learn more about the programs in Environmental Health Sciences at Berkeley, and about our faculty’s internationally recognized expertise in addressing pressing global challenges in health and the environment.

2-Year Master of Public Health (MPH) in Environmental Health Sciences

Degrees

The 2-year MPH program in environmental health sciences requires 48 units with courses selected from public health, epidemiology, biostatistics and statistics, risk and exposure assessment, GIS geographic information for public and environmental health, policy, regulation, and toxicology. A full-time summer internship is also required.

The MPH program requires a comprehensive examination consisting of written and oral components covering subject matter in the core courses. The comprehensive examination is given during the student’s last semester of attendance (usually at the beginning of April). The basic purpose of the examination is to inquire into the student’s ability to synthesize the various components of the required subject matter as they apply to environmental health problems encountered in the real world.

sample_curriculum_EHS_2year_MPH.pdf

Admissions Ratio: 14/42 (33%)

  • Average GPA of admitted applicants: 3.44
  • Average GRE scores of admitted applicants:
    Verbal – 73%; Quantitative – 72%

Due to the introduction of the new GRE format, we can only provide average percentiles.

Applicants should have completed undergraduate work in calculus, chemistry, and biology.

  • Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants: Chemistry, biology, microbiology, molecular biology, nutrition, ecology, public health, environmental science
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: Applicants in past years have worked as lab technicians, student researchers, research scientists, post-graduate fellows, toxicologists, industrial hygiene engineers, and for the Peace Corps.

Excellent career opportunities are available for graduates of the Environmental Health Sciences program, especially for specialists in industrial hygiene and toxicology. MPH graduates usually work for private industry or government. In the last few years, alumni have accepted job offers at organizations such as: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Hewlett Packard, the California Environmental Protection Agency, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Environmental Toxicology Inc. and the California Department of Toxic Substances.

11-Month Master of Public Health (MPH) in Environmental Health Sciences

Degrees

The 11-month MPH program in environmental health sciences requires 42 units with courses selected from public health, epidemiology, biostatistics and statistics, risk and exposure assessment, policy, regulation, and toxicology.

The MPH program requires a comprehensive examination consisting of written and oral components covering subject matter in the core courses. The comprehensive examination is given during the student’s last semester of attendance (usually at the beginning of April). The basic purpose of the examination is to inquire into the student’s ability to synthesize the various components of the required subject matter as they apply to environmental health problems encountered in the real world.

  • Average GPA of admitted applicants: 3.54
  • Average GRE scores of admitted applicants:
    Applicants are required to have a doctoral-level degree and thus are not required to submit GRE scores.

Applicants must hold a PhD or doctoral level clinical degree and should have completed undergraduate and graduate work in calculus, chemistry, and biology. Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants include chemistry, biology, microbiology, molecular biology, nutrition, ecology, public health, and environmental science.

Excellent career opportunities are available for graduates of the Environmental Health Sciences program, especially for specialists in industrial hygiene and toxicology. MPH graduates usually work for private industry or government. In the last few years, alumni have accepted job offers at organizations such as: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Hewlett Packard, the California Environmental Protection Agency, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Environmental Toxicology Inc. and the California Department of Toxic Substances.


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