PhD - Environmental Health Sciences

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Overview

The program in Environmental Health Sciences offers graduate study leading to the doctoral degree. Faculty for this program are drawn from a number of departments and research units at UWM, affording the student an unparalleled opportunity for cross-disciplinary training and the performance of novel research projects. Laboratories and equipment are available across campus to promote innovative concepts in issues of Environmental Health Sciences.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are held regularly. You can find upcoming dates and RSVP for a session here.

Application

When applying for admission, students should describe their interest in the field and any research preferences. Applicants are encouraged to review the research interests of the faculty and contact those faculty who are of interest.

All applicants must complete the required online application and the EOH Application Checklist. Applicants must meet Graduate School requirements and the following program requirements to be considered for admission:

    1.    A baccalaureate degree in a science discipline, including at least four laboratory courses and one statistics course.
    2.    Submission of scores on the General Test portion of the Graduate Record Examination; test taken within last five years.
    3.    Submission of at least three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's scholarship, research achievements and potential.

A masters degree is not a prerequisite for admission. For students entering with an advanced degree, credit may be given for relevant coursework at the discretion of the Faculty Advisor assigned after admission into the program.

Apply by January 15th for consideration of admission in the Fall semester. Materials postmarked by January 15th will be considered.

Candidates for admission may be invited to a PhD Interview Day, held Friday, February 13th, 8:00 – 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. Invited candidates are responsible for travel costs to attend the PhD Interview Day in-person at the ZSPH building, 1240 N 10th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205. Those who cannot attend in-person will be offered interviews during that day and time via Skype or another video conferencing service.

Curriculum

The PhD in Environmental Health Sciences requires 64 credits beyond the Bachelor's degree. In addition to the PhD Common Core Coursework, credits include required concentration coursework (16 credits), “S”electives (at least 12 credits), and the remaining credits taken as research. Electives are divided into three categories: molecular, organismal, population/environment. See the below table for a list of EHS PhD Track requirements. 

PhD Common Core Coursework

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

PH 801

Seminar in Public Health Research

3

PH 819

Social and Environmental Justice in Public Health

3

PH 704

Principles and Methods of Epidemiology

3

PH 702

Introduction to Biostatistics

3

Required EHS Concentration Coursework (16 credits)

PH 705

Principles of Public Policy and Administration

3

PH 743

Environmental Risk Assessment

3

PH 750

Environmental Health Seminar (1 credit, taken twice)

2

PH 821

Advanced Survey of Environmental Health

3

PH 822

Molecular and Cellular Basis of Environmental Disease

3

BIO SCI 750

Scientific Writing

2

Molecular Level “S”electives  

PH 775

Mechanisms of Infect Disease

2

BIO SCI 529/ 650

Molecular Biology of Micro-Organisms

3

BIO SCI 540

Microbial Diversity and Physiology

3

BIO SCI 564

Eukaryotic Gene Regulation

3

BIO SCI 700

Principles in Molecular Biology

4

CHEM 601

Biochemistry: Protein Structure and Function

3

CHEM 602

Biochemistry: Cellular Processes

3

CHEM 604

Biochemistry: Metabolism

3

CLS 590

Public Health Nutrition and Food Politics

3

CLS 615

Cellular and Molecular Toxicology

3

CLS 733

Molecular Epidemiology

3

Organismal Level “S”electives 

PH 745

Developmental Toxicology

3

BIO SCI 401

Immunology

2

BIO SCI 556

Developmental Neurobiology

4

INDENG 580

Ergonomics

3

INDENG 780

Advanced Ergonomics- Low Back Pain

3

INDENG 783

Advanced Ergonomics- Upper Extremity

3

Population Level “S”electives  

PH 709

Public Health Informatics

3

PH 721

Introduction to Bioinformatics

3

PH 741

Environmental Health Microbiology

3

PH 762

Environmental Epidemiology

3

AUP 662

Land Use Planning for Urban Redevelopment

3

AUP 771

Transportation Policy and Planning

3

AUP 791

Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems for Planning

3

AUP 792

Using Urban Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Planning

3

AUP 794

Internet geographic Information Systems (GIS)

3

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Industrial Hygiene

3

GEOG 520

The Physical Geography of the City

3

FRSHWTR 506

Ecotoxicology

3

INDENG 786

Applied Biostatistics in Ergonomics

3

GEOG 880

Challenges to Urban Sustainability

3

GEOG 945

The Internal Structure of the City

3

Primary Faculty

Kalkbrenner, Amy, Ph.D., MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Public Health)
Laiosa, Michael, Ph.D., State University of New York, Upstate Medical University (Public Health)
Ma, Hongbo, Ph.D.
Miller, Todd, Ph.D., University of Maryland (Public Health)
Svoboda, Kurt, Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook (Public Health)

Click on the Environmental Health Sciences Faculty member for information on their laboratory and research. For a complete list of Graduate Faculty in the Environmental Health Sciences PhD program, visit the Graduate School’s website.