Ph.D. in Environmental Health Industrial Hygiene Specialization

The Ph.D. in environmental health industrial hygiene specialization focuses on the science and art of recognizing, assessing, and controlling workplace hazards in order to protect the health of workers and community citizens.

about the department

Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences

The Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences is home to one of the largest environmental health programs in the nation, and the only one that incorporates radiological health into its core curriculum. Students and researchers in environmental health investigate how natural and built environments affect human and animal health and seek solutions to minimize negative health consequences of environmental and workplace exposures. Radiological health has a long tradition at CSU focused on the biological effects of radiation, including laboratory studies of the damaging effects of radiation, and clinical uses of radiation in diagnostic imaging and cancer therapy.

Program Highlights

  • Prepares students for a rewarding career protecting the health and safety of people in the workplace and community

  • Program emphasizes developing hands-on and technical skills and provides on-the-job learning opportunities

  • Accredited by the Applied Sciences Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

Career Opportunities

  • Research
  • Academia
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Environmental Health
  • Engineering
  • Government Agencies

Research Opportunities

Our program offers multidisciplinary training in ergonomics, occupational safety, and aerosol science, specialized in bioaerosols and nanoparticles.

Our department hosts the Occupational Health and Safety Consultation program that provides on-the-job learning opportunities for our students.

Training grants

Students may be eligible to earn grant funding and additional hands-on research experience by participating in the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development in Translational Medicine Program, a research training opportunity funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Application Information and Deadlines

Interested applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered for this program, as well as coursework in algebra, biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. Additional coursework in anatomy, physiology, advanced chemistry, statistics, research methods, and advanced mathematics is also favorable. A baccalaureate degree in engineering, or biological, physical, behavioral, or health sciences is preferred. The Graduate Record Exam is required (the Medical College Admission Test is also accepted).

Admission is based on many factors including academic strengths, undergraduate preparation, work experience, research experience, and extracurricular activities.

Each candidate is evaluated on individual merits and qualities, with particular emphasis placed on the written statement. The personal statement should be a clear and concise portrayal of the candidate’s academic and professional background, motivation to attend graduate school, research interests and career goals, as well as any relevant strengths and distinguishing characteristics.

Exceptions may be granted to applicants who demonstrate particular professional promise. Such exceptions may be admitted with an individually documented plan of study to compensate for any deficiencies.

To apply, complete the Online Graduate Application via the Graduate School.

Date Action
February 1 Priority Consideration Deadline (for Domestic Applicants)
May 1 Fall Application Deadline (for International Applicants)
July 1 Fall Application Deadline (for Domestic Applicants)
September 1 Spring Application Deadline (for International Applicants)
November 1 Spring Application Deadline (for Domestic Applicants)

Online Graduate Application

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