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Environmental Health Sciences

Environmental Health Sciences explores the links between health and the environment in order to prevent harmful exposure while promoting a healthier built environment. 

The field of environmental health grew out of a need to protect workers from very high exposures to chemical and physical hazards in industrial settings. The methods developed for the work place are now used to measure the exposure of ordinary citizens to environmental agents as they move through the many microenvironments of everyday life. 

Students in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences gain a comprehensive understanding of:

  • How environmental stressors cause injury.
  • How populations are exposed to environments that compromise health.
  • Assessing potential for harm.
  • Designing science-based policies to address current and future environmental health challenges.
  • Promoting a healthier built environment to improve health outcomes.

Degrees in Environmental Health Sciences

Degree Program Summary
MPH At-a-Glance

MPH in Environmental Health Sciences

The MPH in Environmental Health Sciences is a professional degree emphasizing public health applications, with a focus on public health practice and the acquisition of broad knowledge related to professional skills. Through coursework, a comprehensive exam and field training, the MPH equips students to be professionals with a broader understanding of the synergistic relationship between applied environmental and public health issues.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
62 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Completion of a practical fieldwork experience and summary paper related to the work performed during the internship 

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

Students should have a bachelor's (or master's) degree in public health, environmental health, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, environmental science, or a related field. Applicants with non-science majors who meet the following course work requirements will be considered for admission:

Course Work

  • 1 university-level course or equivalent in Calculus, Linear Algebra, or Statistics
  • 1 university-level course in Chemistry or equivalent
  • 1 university-level course in Biology or equivalent

Students who do not have the prerequisites at the time of application may take equivalent courses at UCLA in their first year.

How to Apply

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident: $23,109.74
New student, non-Resident: $35,810.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment, summer internship funding, and need-based aid.)  Please note that opportunities listed under 'Summer Internship Funding' are only applicable to MPH students.

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates of the department have pursued careers in both the private and public sectors as researchers, educators, managers, policymakers, and practitioners. 

Who to contact for more information:

Rebecca Greenberg at rgreenberg@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.1619

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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MS At-a-Glance

MS in Environmental Health Sciences

The MS in Environmental Health Sciences is a research-oriented degree that includes coursework and the preparation of a thesis or completion of a comprehensive examination and a major written report. Students may choose to concentrate on one of the following areas of academic focus: air quality; environmental biology; environmental chemistry; environmental health practice and policy; industrial hygiene; toxicology; or water quality. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):
60 quarter-credit units

Additional Degree Requirements:

Master's Thesis OR Comprehensive Examination and a major written report or submission of an externally peer-reviewed publication completed while a student

Typical time to complete degree:
2 years (6 academic quarters)

Program start date:
Typically Fall academic quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Bachelor's (or master's) degree in public health, environmental health, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, environmental science or a related field. 

  • Applicants with non-science majors who meet the following course work requirements will be considered for admission:

    Course Work

    • 1 university-level course or equivalent in Calculus, Linear Algebra, or Statistics
    • 1 university-level course in Chemistry or equivalent
    • 1 university-level course in Biology or equivalent 

Students who do not have the prerequisites at the time of application may take equivalent courses at UCLA in their first year.

How to Apply

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident: $15,909.74
New student, Non-resident: $31,011.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates of the department have pursued careers in both the private and public sectors as researchers, educators, managers, policymakers, and practitioners. 

Who to contact for more information:

Rebecca Greenberg at rgreenberg@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.1619

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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PhD At-a-Glance

PhD in Environmental Health Sciences

The PhD in Environmental Health Sciences is an advanced research degree that emphasizes depth of knowledge and original research skills. Students may choose to concentrate on any field of environmental health sciences. Such areas of academic focus may include: air quality; environmental biology; environmental chemistry; environmental health practice and policy; industrial hygiene; toxicology; or water quality. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work in the major field 
  • Written qualifying examinations, including proposals related to the dissertation
  • Oral Qualifying Examination on the proposal for the dissertation (advancement to candidacy) 
  • Dissertation
  • Oral defense of the dissertation 

Typical time to complete degree:
4-6 years

Program start date:
Typically Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Bachelor's (or master's) degree in public health, environmental health, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, environmental science or a related field.
  • Applicants with non-science majors who meet the following course work requirements will be considered for admission:
    • 1 university-level course or equivalent in Calculus, Linear Algebra, or Statistics
    • 1 university-level course in Chemistry or equivalent
    • 1 university-level course in Biology or equivalent

Students who do not have the prerequisites at the time of application may take equivalent courses at UCLA in their first year.
How to Apply

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident $15,929.74
New student, Non-resident: $31,031.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates of the department have pursued careers in both the private and public sectors as researchers, educators, managers, policymakers, and practitioners. 

Who to contact for more information:

Rebecca Greenberg at rgreenberg@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.1619.

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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PhD - Molecular Toxicology At-a-Glance

PhD in Molecular Toxicology - Environmental Health Sciences

This interdepartmental PhD program brings together 32 faculty from 16 different departments in the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health and the College of Letters and Science. Areas of particular strength in the program include chemical carcinogenesis, repair of DNA damage, air pollution toxicology, nanotoxicology, and the environmental causation of Parkinson's disease.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work
  • Laboratory rotations
  • Written and Oral qualifying examinations
  • Dissertation
  • Defense of the Dissertation

Typical time to complete degree:
5 years

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • A minimum of a four (4) unit undergraduate course in statistics
  • A master's degree is not a pre-requisite. The ideal training for an undergraduate would be to major either in Chemistry or Biology and to have a solid background in both of these disciplines with some quantitative training

How to Apply

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident $15,929.74
New student, Non-resident: $31,031.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

Possible Career Paths:

Many graduates pursue careers in research, as toxicologists, and in related areas in academia, government and other organizations.

Who to contact for more information:

Rebecca Greenberg at rgreenberg@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.1619.

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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DrPH At-a-Glance

DrPH in Environmental Health Sciences

The DrPH is a schoolwide degree and the highest professional degree for the public health generalist. Students focus on public health practice and acquire broad knowledge related to professional skills. Students can pursue their passion by concentrating on any field of environmental health sciences, such as air quality; environmental biology; environmental chemistry; environmental health practice and policy; industrial hygiene; toxicology; or water quality. The dissertation is of an applied, practical, problem-solving nature.

Total Required Units (based on quarter system):

Additional Degree Requirements:

  • Course work in the major and minor fields
  • Written qualifying examinations, including proposal for the dissertation
  • Oral qualifying examination on the proposal for the dissertation (advancement to candidacy)
  • Dissertation
  • Oral defense of the dissertation

Typical time to complete degree:
4-6 years

Program start date:
Fall Academic Quarter

Minimum Admission Requirements (in addition to the University's minimum requirements)*:

  • Completion of the MPH or a Master’s degree in an appropriately related field (if the master’s degree is in a field other than public health, applicants must have taken the equivalent of the MPH mandatory core courses or include them in the course of study after admission). 
  • At least a 3.0 junior/senior undergraduate grade point average, at least a 3.5 GPA in graduate studies or demonstrated superiority in graduate, and at least a “B” in each of the mandatory core courses.

How to Apply

Application Deadline:
December 1 for the following Fall Quarter

Total mandatory fees, per year**:

New student, Resident: $23,129.74
New student, non-resident: $35,830.74

Please see FSPH Financial Opportunities page for information on awards, scholarships, training opportunities, employment and need-based aid. 

Possible Career Paths:

Graduates of the department have pursued careers in both the private and public sectors as researchers, educators, managers, policymakers, and practitioners. 

Who to contact for more information:

Rebecca Greenberg at rgreenberg@ph.ucla.edu or 310.206.1619.

* Admission requirements listed are Departmental requirements, and are in addition to the University's minimum requirements. Many programs receive more applicants than can be admitted, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission. Every effort is made to ensure minimum admissions requirements are up to date - for the most up-to-date information on the University's minimum requirements, please visit the UCLA Graduate Division.

** Fees are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.

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