Department of Environmental Health

Degree Planners

Below is the current list of available degree programs. You may click on any of the program titles below and view the sample degree planner.

Environmental Health Degree Programs (EH)

Masters

Envrionmental Epidemiology (sample course schedule)

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This Master of Science area of interest is for students interested in measuring the influence of environmental factors (physical, chemical, and biologic) on human disease in communities to provide scientific evidence for sound environmental and health policies.  Graduates of these professional programs assume positions in government, in private companies, or in research institutions.  

Applicants to the 80-credit program generally have undergraduate degrees and limited work experience. A broad range of undergraduate degrees are acceptable. Please contact the department for more information.

 

Ergonomics (sample course schedule)

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This Master of Science area of interest provides a public health and engineering approach to the prevention of work-related injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. The area encompasses exposure assessment, occupational biomechanics, and epidemiology. Graduates of these professional programs assume positions in government, in private companies, or in research institutions.

Applicants to the 80-credit program generally have undergraduate degrees and limited work experience. A broad range of undergraduate degrees are acceptable. Please contact the department for more information.

 

Exposure Assessment (sample course schedule)

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This Master of Science area of interest prepares students to identify and characterize human and ecological exposures to environmental contaminants, model their fate and transport, and develop strategies to control environmental hazards, allergens, and pathogens. Graduates of these professional programs assume positions in government, in private companies, or in research institutions.

Applicants to the 80-credit program generally have undergraduate degrees and limited work experience. A broad range of undergraduate degrees are acceptable. Please contact the department for more information.

 

Exposure, Epidemiology & Risk (sample course schedule)

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Applicants with exceptional credentials (including postbaccalaureate degrees and/or professional experience) may request consideration for admission to a 42.5-credit Master of Science program. All core requirements must be fulfilled. For more information see the Exposure, Epidemiology & Risk Student Handbook.

Please contact the Environmental Health Department at envsci@hsph.harvard.edu for further information.

 

Industrial Hygiene (sample course schedule)

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This Master of Science area of interest offers training in the anticipation, identification, evaluation, and control of occupational hazards. Graduates of these professional programs assume positions in government, in private companies, or in research institutions.

Applicants to the 80-credit program generally have undergraduate degrees and limited work experience. A broad range of undergraduate degrees are acceptable. Please contact the department for more information.

 

Master of Occupational Health - 42.5 credit program (sample course schedule)

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This Master of Occupational Health (MOH) program is designed to train physicians in the public health disciplines relevant to the prevention and control of occupational and evironmental disease and injury. Physicians interested in occupational and environmental medicine may apply to the MOH program or to the occupational and environmental health concentration of the master of public health (MPH) program. Either program is taken as the first year of a two-year Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency.

 

Occupational Health Nursing - Dual Master of Science/ MSN (sample course schedule)

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This Master of Science program is offered by the Harvard Education and Research Center and Simmons College, which awards the degree. It is designed for registered nurses seeking preparation as occupational health nurse practitioners.

Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National league of Nursing or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, must show satisfactory completion of basic statistics and physical assessment course, and must be registered to practice nursing in a U.S. state or territory.

 

Risk Assessment (sample course schedule)

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This Master of Science area of interest provides an integrated education in environmental science, risk analysis, and decision science applied to environmental management. Graduates of these professional programs assume positions in government, in private companies, or in research institutions.

Applicants to the 80-credit program generally have undergraduate degrees and limited work experience. A broad range of undergraduate degrees are acceptable. Please contact the department for more information.

Doctorate

Molecular & Integrative Physiological Sciences

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Training in the molecular and integrative physiological sciences (MIPS) Doctor of Science concentration addresses the intersection between basic pulmonary sciences and environmental exposures, often in the context of global public health. Faculty members focus on three main problems: air pollution, lung infection, and asthma. The concentration combines a range of scientific fields, and the rich interdisciplinary environment provides students with the opportunity to learn many measurement technologies, discover a variety of approaches, and develop mature scientific thinking.

Applicants to the program generally have a bachelor's degree and demonstrated competence in organic and biological chemistry, general biology, physics, and calculus.

Students wishing to study cellular and molecular biology or physiology as it pertains to major problems in public health may apply to the PhD program offered by the Division of Biological Sciences through the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The PhD program is designed to prepare students for research careers in respiratory physiology, cell and molecular biology, or bioengineering. For more information about the PhD program see the Division of Biological Sciences web site.

 

Environmental Epidemiology (sample course schedule)

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This Doctor of Science area of interest is for students interested in measuring the influence of environmental factors (physical, chemical, and biologic) on human disease in communities to provide scientific evidence for sound environmental and health policies. Graduates are qualified for research and teaching positions in schools of public health and other academic institutions, in local or federal agencies, and in the private sector.

Applicants to the doctoral program normally have a master's degree in a related science or mathematical field and strong scientific and quantitative skills. Admission into the doctoral program depends on demonstrated competence in the requirements of the Master of Science program described below.

 

Exposure Assessment (sample course schedule)

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This Doctor of Science area of interest prepares students to identify and characterize human and ecological exposures to environmental contaminants, model their fate and transport, and develop strategies to control environmental hazards, allergens, and pathogens. Graduates are qualified for research and teaching positions in schools of public health and other academic institutions, in local or federal agencies, and in the private sector.

Applicants to the doctoral program normally have a master's degree in a related science or mathematical field and strong scientific and quantitative skills. Admission into the doctoral program depends on demonstrated competence in the requirements of the Master of Science program described below.

 

Industrial Hygiene/Ergonomics/Hazardous Substances (sample course schedule)

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The industrial hygiene Doctor of Science area of interest offers training in the anticipation, identification, evaluation, and control of occupational hazards.

The ergonomics and safety Doctor of Science area of interest provides a public health and engineering approach to the prevention of work-related injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. The area encompasses exposure assessment, occupational biomechanics, and epidemiology.

Graduates are qualified for research and teaching positions in schools of public health and other academic institutions, in local or federal agencies, and in the private sector.  Applicants to the doctoral program generally have a master's degree in a related science or mathematical field and strong scientific and quantitative skills. Admission into the doctoral program depends on demonstrated competence in the requirements of the Master of Science program described below.

 

Occupational Epidemiology (sample course schedule)

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This Doctor of Science program includes study of the relationships between environmental and occupational exposures and cancer, children’s health, cardiopulmonary disease, neurodegenerative disease, reproductive health, and gene/environment interactions. The program is structured to give students exposure to key components of research: study design, field experience, relevant laboratory experience, and statistical analysis.

The Candidates may be admitted to a doctoral program in more than one discipline if the program meets the requirements of both departments. Usually, three to four years following the master's program are necessary to complete requirements for the award of doctoral degree. Applicants in the Doctor of Public Health program must hold an MPH and a prior doctorate degree.

 

Occupational Health Services Research & Policy (sample course schedule)

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This Doctor of Science program prepares doctoral students to conduct research about health care services for workers and to make policy recommendations about access, quality and costs of care. This program represents a collaboration between the faculty and research programs at EOMS and the department of Health Policy and Management. The program is structured to give students exposure to key components of research: study design, field experience, relevant laboratory experience, and statistical analysis.

The Candidates may be admitted to a doctoral program in more than one discipline if the program meets the requirements of both departments. Usually, three to four years following the master's program are necessary to complete requirements for the award of doctoral degree. Applicants in the Doctor of Public Health must hold an MPH and a prior doctorate degree.

 

Occupational Injury Prevention/ Epidemiology (sample course schedule)

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This Doctor of Science program's unified training approach takes a holistic view of workplace hazards and focuses on the prevention of injury and illness implementing various approaches ranging from ergonomics to leading edge exposure assessment methods. The program is structured to give students exposure to key componenets of research: study design, field experience, relevant laboratory experience, and statistical analysis.

The Candidates may be admitted to a doctoral program in more than one discipline if the program meets the requirements of both departments. Usually, three to four years following the master's program are necessary to complete requirements for the award of doctoral degree. Applicants in the Doctor of Public Health must hold an MPH and a prior doctorate degree.

 

Occupational Injury Prevention/ Safety Engineering & Science (sample course schedule)

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This Doctor of Science program's unified training approach takes a holistic view of workplace hazards and focuses on the prevention of injury and illness associated with those hazards. The program is structured to give students exposure to key components of research: study design, field experience, relevant laboratory experience, and statistical analysis.

The Candidates may be admitted to a doctoral program in more than one discipline if the program meets the requirements of both departments. Usually, three to four years following the master's program are necessary to complete requirements for the award of doctoral degree. Applicants in the Doctor of Public Health must hold an MPH and a prior doctorate degree.

 

Risk Assessment (sample course schedule)

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This Doctor of Science area of interest provides an integrated education in environmental science, risk analysis, and decision science applied to environmental management. Graduates are qualified for research and teaching positions in schools of public health and other academic institutions, in local or federal agencies, and in the private sector.

Applicants to the doctoral program generally have a master's degree in a related science or mathematical field and strong scientific and quantitative skills. Admission into the doctoral program depends on demonstrated competence in the requirements of the Master of Science program described below.