Environmental Health Sciences

Degrees and certificates

PhD Environmental Public Health

Develop your research expertise as you learn and understand the intersection between public health and the environment, and the multidisciplinary approaches needed to make an impact.

MPH Environmental Health Sciences

Develop the knowledge and skills to identify and limit human exposure to hazards in the environment.

MS Environmental Public Health

Gain greater understanding of the connections between human health and the environment including epidemiology, toxicology and global health.

BSPH Environmental Public Health

An interdisciplinary specialization for students who have an interest in both the environment and health, how environments impact health and a desire to find solutions to the challenges of environmental effects on the health of communities.

Global One Health Graduate Certificate

To more efficiently and effectively achieve the best health outcomes for people, animals and the environment, develop your expertise in the surveillance, prevention, mitigation and intervention strategies that promote a healthy world.

Environmental Public Health Risk Assessment Graduate Certificate

Gain the knowledge and skills applicable to exposure hazard assessment and disease risk assessments involving environmental and occupational toxic chemical and infectious microbial agents.

Research expertise

Environmental and occupational health monitoring, assessment and modeling

Infectious and toxic-based disease risk assessment

Water and wastewater surveillance

Food safety

Air quality surveillance

Toxicology and epigenetics

Human exposure and disease biomarkers

Environmental Justice

Environmental analytical chemistry

Community and environmental epidemiology


Interdisciplinary partnerships

Division faculty collaborate with experts across Ohio State and those at local, state, national and international organizations to address population-based environmental public health issues. At the university alone, our partners include:

  • The James Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Global One Health initiative
  • Global Water Institute
  • Infectious Diseases Institute
  • Sustainability Institute
  • Food and Agricultural Transformation
  • Translational Data Analytics Institute

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Michael Bisesi

Division chair message

Our faculty and students are in a unique position to address the profound global challenges that environmental contaminants and other environmental threats, including climate change, pose to human and animal health. Our faculty engage in diverse, yet complementary, creative research that encompasses field- and laboratory-based environmental health science to broader translational and population sciences. This research recognizes the global dimension of environmental burdens humans and animals face around the world. We are deeply committed to applying the principles and practices of environmental health to a "one health" approach to teaching, research and practice. Now more than ever, environmental health researchers and practitioners are needed to address a multitude of environmental challenges that pose increased risk of adverse health outcomes to people in workplace and community environmental settings.

Michael Bisesi, Chair

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Division faculty and staff

Professor and Dean's Fellow for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Core Faculty - Ohio State Sustainability Institute, Senior Lecturer - College of Medicine, Griffith University, Director - Ecology Epidemiology and Population Health Program, Infectious Disease Institute
Assistant Professor
Associate Professor
Associate Professor – Practice, Comprehensive Cancer Center – Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program, Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research and Entrepeneurship – Food Innovation Center

Division faculty and staff

two scientists collecting water samples

Careers in environmental health sciences

From professions such as environmental public health practitioners working at local health departments to professors and researchers working at major universities, Ohio State positions its graduates for success to protect the health of people and animals from hazards in the environment.

Career options


Division News

Expert in connections between water, health to start July 1

In The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers call for maximizing public health gains 

BSPH student combines passions for health care, policy

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