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Environmental Health Sciences

Environmental Health Sciences (ENHS) is primarily concerned with the interactions of humans with the environment. Our field focuses on the adverse effects of environmental conditions or contamination on human health and the impacts of human activities on the environment. 

Career opportunities for ENHS exist in federal, state and local environmental regulatory agencies, laboratories, industries, environmental consulting companies and universities. Jobs in the field include research scientist, industrial hygienist, water quality specialist, health and safety officer, ecotoxicologist, health physicist and professor.

ENHS examines the causes and effects of interactions between humans and their environment. Our goal is to understand and minimize impacts on human health and the environment. To explore these complex interactions, numerous elements of pure and applied sciences, including biology, chemistry, geography, physics, engineering, public health and medicine, are required. Two broad areas of emphasis are available to students entering the department’s graduate programs: environmental health and human health.

ENHS holds at least 20 nationally competitive grants from a variety of our field's esteemed professional organizations. Our graduate students receive financial support from these grants via Graduate Research Assistantships. In addition, ENHS graduate students are routinely recipients of nationally competitive research fellowships. 

Degrees Offered

We offer four advanced degrees in environmental health sciences. Find the degree option that works best for you then explore the application deadlines and requirements for each degree.


Environmental Health Sciences News

Shuo Xiao

Shuo Xiao to study ovarian function with National Science Foundation grant

Working in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Charleston, South Carolina, Xiao will use the funding to support a project examining the impact of marine contaminants on ovarian function of bottlenose dolphins. 

Saurabh Chatterjee

NIH Center for Dietary Supplements and Inflammation Receives $10 million Phase Two Grant

The USC Office of the Vice President for Research has announced the receipt of an additional $10 million over five years to support phase II of the Center for Dietary Supplements and Inflammation, with one of its four major research projects lead by associate professor Saurabh Chatterjee.

Alan Decho

Microbial mashup:From tropical mats to life on Mars and human infections

UofSC features professor of environmental health sciences and associate dean for research Alan Decho and his research into bacteria--where they can live and how they manage to survive in some of the harshest climates on Earth and beyond. 

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Baalousha and Vejerano secure nearly $1M NSF grant

The funding is allocated from the Major Research Instrumentation Program, which supports the acquisition or development of a multi-user research instrument that is otherwise too costly or not supported by other NSF programs.

FFF Symposium

Mohammed Baalousha chairs the 19th International Symposium on Field- and Flow-Based Separations

One of the globally leading conferences on molecular and nanoscale separations, FFF brings together scientists, engineers, regulators and industry stakeholders concerned with separation and characterization in a variety of areas.


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