The master of science in environmental health requires completion of a minimum of 34 s.h. A student having no prior environmental health experience must take EHST 6010 (3 s.h.) and EHST 6980 (3 s.h.) in addition to the 34 s.h. minimum. All students must pass a written, comprehensive examination.
Environmental health offers two degree paths:
Research Option: Students must complete a thesis and also must take at least 4 s.h. of approved laboratory credit. A student may not count more than 15 s.h. from 5000-level courses or take more than 15 s.h. through online courses.
Applied Option: This option is intended only for Registered Sanitarians and Registered Environmental Health Specialists. Permission to choose this option must be obtained from the environmental health sciences program faculty. Students must complete a professional paper and may not count more than 15 s.h. from 5000 level courses.
All students write and orally defend a thesis. The thesis proposal and thesis must be approved by the student’s advisor and a committee comprised of at least 3 graduate faculty members, 2 of whom must be environmental health sciences faculty, and 1 reviewer from outside the department.
All students write and orally defend a professional paper that reflects an applied learning experience leading to an environmental health action, intervention, or increased knowledge in the field. Paper may take many forms but summarizes a project selected by student and defended before student’s committee comprised of at least 3 faculty members, 2 of whom must be environmental health sciences faculty, and 1 reviewer from outside the program.
2. Additional Environmental Health/Related Courses - at least 21 s.h.
Course selection in consultation with the student’s advisor.