Environmental Health Sciences (ENHS) is primarily concerned with the interactions
of humans with the environment. Our field focuses on the adverse effects of environmental
conditions or contamination on human health and the impacts of human activities on
Career opportunities for ENHS exist in federal, state and local environmental regulatory
agencies, national research laboratories, industries, environmental consulting companies
and universities. Jobs in the field include research scientist, industrial hygienist,
water quality specialist, health and safety officer, ecotoxicologist, molecular toxicologist,
environmental microbiologist, community engagement and environmental justice scientist,
nanomaterial scientist, air pollutions scientist, health physicist and professor.
ENHS examines the causes and effects of interactions between humans and their environment.
Our goal is to understand and minimize impacts on human health and the environment.
To explore these complex interactions, numerous elements of pure and applied sciences,
including biology, chemistry, geography, physics, engineering, public health and medicine,
are required. Two broad areas of emphasis are available to students entering the department’s
graduate programs: environmental health and human health.
ENHS holds at least 20 nationally competitive grants from a variety of our field's
esteemed professional organizations. Our graduate students receive financial support
from these grants via Graduate Research Assistantships. In addition, ENHS graduate
students are routinely recipients of nationally competitive research fellowships.