Environmental Public Health - Interdisciplinary PhD

With an interdisciplinary, one health approach to environmental public health, Ohio State’s interdisciplinary PhD in Environmental Science specializing in Environmental Public Health provides students with many opportunities to work and interact with others throughout the university to develop creative research with preventative and mitigative solutions to issues at the intersection of human health, animal health and the environment.

Graduates are prepared to work as environmental health practitioners or research scientists at various organizations and agencies, including governmental agencies at local, state, and federal levels; health departments; hospitals; industries; consulting firms; and universities.

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


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Program of study

The doctoral program specializing in environmental public health is a collaboration with the interdisciplinary Environmental Science Graduate Program. It requires a minimum of 81 credits combining foundational coursework in general environmental sciences with specialized learning in environmental public health. This includes biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental microbiology, toxicology and risk assessment.

Sample curriculum

Program competencies


Funding opportunities

Ohio State offers paid research, teaching and administrative assistantships as well as competitive fellowships and other grant opportunities. Learn more about how financial support is awarded to graduate students.

Graduate funding


Prepare your application

Nov. 30

International deadline

Dec. 15

U.S. deadline

The PhD program is housed through the Environmental Science Graduate Program. We have prepared recommendations for you to prepare your application. Once you complete your preparation, your application should be submitted through Ohio State’s Office of Graduate Admission, not SOPHAS.

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