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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.”

Degree Options:

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.

Applicant should have completed one undergraduate course in chemistry and in biology. An undergraduate course in mathematics (e.g. calculus, linear algebra or statistics) is also desirable.

  • 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.

2-Year Master of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health and Environment

Degrees

The Global Health and Environment MPH program provides an opportunity to study, and develop solutions to, the most profound global environmental changes that are affecting the health of populations around the world. This transdisciplinary MPH program emphasizes the analytical and practical skills necessary to protect the local, regional, and global environment, while achieving sustainable development. Students develop skills in epidemiology, global environmental health, statistics, and risk analysis in a global context, and can apply what they learn to address some of the most pressing and complicated environmental health challenges facing the global community.

The curriculum emphasizes a sophisticated understanding of the sources, pathways, exposures, health impacts, and control measures for global environmental pollutants—including pesticides, air pollution, vector-borne diseases, greenhouse gases, waterborne infectious diseases, and industrial contaminants—at the household, workplace, community, regional, and global levels. For more information on the Global Health and Environment MPH program, see this information sheet. A full-time summer internship is required, and the program requires completion of either a thesis or a capstone project.

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.

Competitive applicants have generally completed one undergraduate course in chemistry and biology.

  • Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants: any biological, natural or physical science, environmental science, microbiology, nutrition, ecology, public health, engineering, chemistry, biology, molecular biology
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: Work experience is not required for admission, but successful applicants in past years have worked as student researchers, environmental organizers and advocates, in global health programs, as lab technicians, program managers, research scientists, engineers, post-graduate fellows, toxicologists, industrial hygiene engineers, and for global NGOs and the Peace Corps.

Excellent career opportunities are available for graduates of the Global Health and Environment program in government, the private sector, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and academia. MPH graduates are qualified for positions in global health programs; federal, state, and local health departments; positions in academic global health research; in delivery and evaluation of global health initiatives and public health campaigns; positions carrying out monitoring and evaluation of public health programs; positions with EPA, USGS, CDC and other federal agencies; work with health research organizations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); and positions carrying out implementation science.


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