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Human health is profoundly shaped by our environment, and the mission of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences is to develop and transmit knowledge about the links between health and the environment, and to educate scientists and public health leaders who can design science-based policies to address current and future environmental health challenges. 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.
Students in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences gain a comprehensive understanding of:
The program consists of a minimum of 59 quarter-credit units.
* Only 4 units of 596 OR 598 may be applied toward the MS minimum total course requirements.
Students may choose to focus on Industrial Hygiene, which has additional curricular requirements beyond the standard MS program. The MS program in Industrial Hygiene is fully accredited by the Related Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET/ASAC).
Students must complete either a masters thesis or a comprehensive examination and report.
Option 1: Masters Thesis
While preparing their thesis, students must enroll in EHS 598: Master’s Thesis Research for an appropriate number of units. At least 4 units are mandatory for graduation. MS Thesis research usually begins in the summer before the student’s second year. Every master's degree thesis plan requires the completion of an approved thesis that demonstrates the student's ability to perform original, independent research.
Option 2: Comprehensive examination/report option
If the student chooses this option, he or she must pass a comprehensive examination on the major area of study.
In addition, the student must complete a research activity under their advisor’s supervision and prepare a comprehensive report, which must be approved by their advisor and one other faculty member. The research subject can be an experimental, field, theoretical, library, modeling or computer study. The student also has the option of submitting an externally peer-reviewed publication (e.g. journal article, book chapter) that was completed while a student.
Students in the MS program should take Environmental Health Sciences C200A and Biostatistics 100A in their first quarter, Environmental Health Sciences C200B and Biostatistics 100B in their second quarter. They may also take additional courses in each of those quarters. Students with an extensive math background may take Biostat 110 A-B instead of Biostat 100A-B.
The MS degree is normally obtained after six academic quarters of full-time study (2 years).
In addition to meeting 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:
Students who do not have the prerequisites at the time of application may take equivalent courses at UCLA in their first year.
Applicants are typically only admitted in the Fall. Applicants who wish to be considered for all financial aid considerations should have their applications, letters, transcripts and official GRE scores here at the School of Public Health by December 1 of the year preceding the desired entrance year.
The application process has three steps. You must:
For complete application instructions and the list of required materials, review UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Admission Application Check List and Submission Instructions.
As we receive many more qualified applicants for the program than there are available spaces, meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not ensure admission to the program.
For the most up to date fees and more information on fee breakdown, visit the registrar's office.
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.
Graduates of the department have pursued careers in both the private and public sectors as researchers, educators, managers, policymakers, and practitioners.
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For more information or questions, please contact Rebecca Greenberg at email@example.com or 310.206.1619.
*This information is intended as an overview, and should be used as a guide only. Requirements, course offerings and other elements may change, and this overview may not list all details of the program. For the most up-to-date information, please consult the registrar’s office.
* 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.