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Environmental Health Sciences at South Carolina

Environmental health scientists strive to understand how environmental exposures affect human health and disease, and how human activities affect the environment. We study the interaction of environmental and human health, specifically within areas of microbiology, toxicology and exposure science.

Graduate Degrees

Strategic alliances and collaborations within and outside of the Arnold School of Public Health, allow our environmental health sciences graduate students and faculty to conduct basic and applied research to improve public health at both the local and global level. Graduate degree options include the master of public health, which provides a broad background in public health and professional practice within the environmental health sciences; the master of science, a research-based degree with a required thesis; the highly specialized academic research-based Ph.D.; as well as a dual doctoral degree option in epidemiology and environmental health sciences.

M  Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences (M.P.H.)

The Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences is a professional degree oriented toward development of a broad background in public health and professional practice within the environmental health sciences. This degree requires a minimum of 42 hours and successful completion of a practicum experience.

Graduate Director: Dwayne Porter, 803-777-4615, porter@sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

M  Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences is an academic research degree that prepares students for detailed scientific study and includes a flexible scientific curriculum addressing technical issues, data collection and translation of environmental health research. The degree requires a minimum of 36 hours and requires successful completion of a research-based thesis.

Graduate Director: Dwayne Porter, 803-777-4615, porter@sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

D  Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences

The Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Health Sciences is a highly specialized academic research degree that emphasizes scientific competence, research skills, and professional development. The doctoral degree requires a minimum of 60 hours of graduate course work (post-baccalaureate), including 12 hours of dissertation preparation.

Graduate Director: Dwayne Porter, 803-777-4615, porter@sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

DD  Dual Degree: Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences (Ph.D. / Ph.D.)

Through special arrangement, the university offers dual degree programs in certain areas to permit a student to work on two degrees concurrently by combining credits, resulting in the student taking fewer courses than the total required if each degree were pursued independently.

This program, offered by the Arnold School of Public Health, culminates in a Ph.D in Epidemiology and a Ph.D in Environmental Health Sciences.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.