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EHS: assessing exposure and health impacts; protecting the community and workplace.
UC Berkeley
Degrees Offered
The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program is recommended for students who wish to work as environmental or occupational health practitioners. The M.P.H. is a 2-year program and is often the degree path for students who wish to go on to a Ph.D. program in Environmental Health Sciences. Graduates of this program will earn an M.P.H. in Public Health.
The Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) is a School of Public Health-wide program and is conferred in recognition of a candidate's comprehensive knowledge of the field of public health and proven leadership ability. Those who complete this degree program will hold positions that have major influence on the policies, programs and institutions of public health. Although the core of this program is public health administration and leadership, students may chose to focus their studies in the environmental health field. Graduates of this program will earn a Dr.P.H. in Public Health.
The M.S. (Master of Science) program is recommended for individuals with clear research orientations and who wish to complete work of an interdisciplinary nature. Students with an M.S. degree may apply to the Ph.D. program, provided they have well-focused project goals and firm knowledge of the research techniques. Graduates of the M.S. program will earn degrees in Environmental Health Sciences.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program prepares scholars to conduct in-depth research and provide advanced instruction at the college and university level. Graduates of this program will earn a Ph.D. in Envrionmental Health Sciences.
Areas of Study
Environmental Health Policy
Provides opportunities for graduate work in risk assessment, risk management, and air pollution prevention.
Faculty contacts: Robert Spear, Kirk Smith
The Ergnomics program prepares students to identify and evaluate risks for musculoskeletal disorders at the workplace (e.g., low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.) and design workplace solutions to reduce these risks. The design work may focus on tools, workstations, tasks, or work environment. Coursework includes ergonomics, safety, industrial engineering, physiology, biostatistics, epidemilogy, and policy and risk analysis. This is a joint program between the EHS Division, Mechanical Engineering, and UCSF. Graduates of this program will earn either M.S. or Ph.D. degrees.
Faculty contact: David Rempel
Exposure Assessment and Control Program
Recognition and identification of occupational and environmental stress caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, harmful physical or infectious biological agents and ergonomic factors; evaluation of exposures by various measurement techniques or strategies involving worksite air sampling and biological monitoring, formulation of controls for exposures by administrative, engineering, or personal protective measures, and development of related new techniques and strategies. Students interested in this area of study generally pursue M.P.H. degrees. Find out more about the Exposure Assessment and Control Program.
Faculty contact: Mark Nicas
Global Health and Environment
Global Health and Environment (GHE) is a unique an M.S. program designed to train students to help people in developing countries achieve health, reach a reasonable level of well-being, and stabilize populations, while at the same time protecting the local community and global environment. Coursework is based in environmental health; biostatistics and epidemiology; development trends, theory, and economics; and policy and risk analysis. Find out more about the GHE program. (Prior to this year, the program was known as Health, Environment, and Development.)
Faculty contact: Kirk Smith
Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
Involves human population studies addressing the health effects caused by exposure to chemical and physical agents. Although Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology is one of the core areas in EHS, students whose primary interest is epidemiology, would usually apply for admission to the Division of Public Health Biology and Epidemiology. While based in that Division, students may enroll in EHS courses and work with faculty in both divisions.
Faculty contact: Allan Smith
Measurement of dose-response relationships for various environmental chemicals; investigations on mechanisms of toxicity; application of bioassays for evaluating chemical toxicity; development of biological markers of chemical exposure and effect. Students interested in this area of study generally pursue M.S. or Ph.D. degrees.
Faculty contact: Martyn Smith, Nina Holland
Degrees & Programs at EHS