Environmental Health Sciences - Master of Science

Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) is focused on chemical, physical, and biological agents in the environment that affect human health. Its multidisciplinary scope spans the continuum from the agent source to contamination and human exposure that result in toxicity, infection, or other adverse human health impact.

The profession examines both individual and population-level susceptibility factors and interventions that can prevent disease

The Master of Science (MS) degree is intended for students whose interests in Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) are research oriented rather than directed toward professional practice. It is a natural entry point for students who are interested in pursuing a PhD degree or a career in research. Because of this orientation, the emphasis in the MS degree program is on building a strong foundation in a particular specialty field, along with the research methods important in that field.

To reflect this research and academic orientation, the MS degree ordinarily requires the preparation of a thesis, though it is available under a non-thesis option at the discretion of the division.

Students admitted to the MS degree program are assigned a faculty advisor who will provide guidance throughout the program.

Program of Study

Although the focus of the MS degree program of study is in EHS, students are required to show coverage in epidemiology and biostatistics. The MS-EHS curriculum consists of a minimum of 45 credits organized into three curricular domains:
1. Courses required for a specialization in EHS (36 credits)
2. Elective courses approved for the specialization (6 credits)
3. Thesis (3 credits)

For detailed additional information about specific requirements, students are directed to the College of Public Health (CPH) Graduate Student Handbook and to the Ohio State University Graduate School Handbook.

Recommended Preparation

Strong undergraduate education in science (e.g. biology and chemistry) and math is recommended. Admission decisions are made largely based on GPA, GRE scores, recommendations, personal statement and experience. Minimum GPA and GRE are generally 3.0 and 50th percentile on Verbal and Quantitative sections, respectively. The personal statement is reviewed for writing ability and "fit" between the student's interest and motivation in the degree, relative to what the degree will achieve and the capability and interests of the faculty. The stronger the application with respect to these elements (especially GPA and GRE), the more likely it will be to compete for financial support.

For information regarding application materials, test scores and codes, and decision timelines see our frequently asked questions page.