Prospective Graduate Student Information

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Graduate programs in environmental health science emphasize the chemical, microbiological, physical, risk assessment, and policy aspects of environmental and occupational exposures and effects. Faculty members measure and model human and wildlife exposures to environmental and workplace contaminants; develop techniques and methods for collecting, analyzing, and assessing the effects of chemical, microbiological, and physical factors; and conduct risk evaluations of hazardous agents in water, soil, air, and food. Collaborative research is conducted with investigators throughout the United States and abroad.

Graduate students conduct research under the guidance of one or more faculty member in the department and complete a curriculum of required and elective courses. The Environmental Health Science (EHS) Department comprises 8 full-time faculty members who also serve as advisors to graduate students. All faculty members are housed on the Athens campus with fully equipped laboratories and instrumentation needed for graduate environmental health.

To the extent possible, the EHS faculty supports the education of graduate students in the form of a graduate assistantship. An assistantship grants the student a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. Students with assistantships provide service to their advisor and to the department through a combination of teaching and research activities. Typically, assistantships are funded by research projects directed by individual faculty members (Graduate Research Assistantships). A very limited number of teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis each year. Thus, prospective graduate students are strongly encouraged to browse the biographical sketches of EHS faculty and learn about their research interests and current projects.

Prospective students are encouraged to initiate contact with faculty members whose research interests overlap with the interests and career goals of the student. Prospective students are invited to contact Dr. Erin Lipp, the EHS Graduate Student Coordinator, for an introduction to graduate programs in environmental health science.

General information about graduate school at the University of Georgia is contained in the UGA Graduate School Bulletin. Details about the formal application process are available from the UGA Graduate School Admissions Office.

Graduate Programs Environmental Health Science

·         Master of Science in Environmental Health (MSEH)

·         PhD in Environmental Health Science

Other Graduate Programs in which Environmental Health Science Participates

·         Master of Public Health (MPH)

          Doctor of Public Health (Dr.PH)

The EHS department offers an Environmental Health Science concentration within the Master and Doctor of Public Health degree programs at the College of Public Health.

·         M.S. or Ph.D. Degrees in Toxicology

Faculty members in the EHS Department also advise graduate students who choose to pursue a graduate degree at M.S. or Ph.D through the UGA Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program.