Want to learn how the environment impacts our health? Consider a Master of Health Science in Environmental Health! Part of the #1 school of public health, this graduate degree program prepares students for careers in medicine, research, advocacy, policy, and practice.
One of the School’s shortest degrees, the full-time MHS is a nine-month, coursework-based degree for individuals who want a comprehensive understanding of the association between our environment and health. A flexible part-time format is also available.
Learn how environmental hazards (not only in air, water, and food but also neighborhood and social hazards) affect human health at the individual, population, and systems level.
Develop your own path or choose an area of interest ranging from the basic to population to systems science.
Food Systems, Water and Environmental Sustainability
Population Environmental Health
Toxicology for Human Risk Assessment
Join a network of almost 1,000 alumni.
The program requires successful completion of a minimum of 64 credits. In addition, each student must write an essay based on an in-depth literature investigation of an environmental health issue of current concern. The essay is intended to serve as an integrating experience for the students and must focus on an environmental health problem that is pertinent to the educational goals of the student and approved by the adviser. A synopsis of this work is presented at a year-end symposium of students, program faculty, and guests. No written or oral comprehensive examination is required for this degree.
Students must maintain minimum academic standards to remain in the MHS program.
"As a Program Manager for the Maryland Environmental Health Network, I utilize the various skills gained during the MHS program and Risk Sciences certificate. Overall, my most crucial gain from this graduate experience was the opportunity to construct a public health lens framed around undoing drivers of environmental health inequities. This is such an important characteristic that I especially appreciate when shaping programs and policies to further health equity and environmental protection."
Yinka Bode-George, MHS '17
All applications should be submitted through SOPHAS.
In general, degree applicants will need to submit the following:
Official transcripts from EVERY college-level institution you attended (academic records from institutions outside the U.S. must undergo a credentials evaluation).
Standardized test score (Please review for Covid-19 Pandemic related policies)
English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IELTS), if applicable
Three letters of recommendation
Resume or curriculum vitae
Statement of Purpose and Objectives
International Applicants are welcome and should review additional instructions for applying from outside the U.S.
Students are eligible for a limited number of partial-tuition scholarships to be used toward the full-time study. As decided by a committee of faculty members, scholarships are offered to selected students based on their prior academic achievements and experience. Departmental scholarship decisions are made during the admissions process and communicated to students in their letter of acceptance.