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What will I learn?

Environmental exposures cause hundreds of thousands of illnesses each year, including asthma and cancers. This Master of Science degree in Environmental Health trains students to identify, evaluate, and control exposures to chemical and microbial contaminants in air, water, soil, and food. The curriculum includes courses in the supporting sciences of biostatistics and epidemiology, as well as foundational courses in exposure science, toxicology, and risk assessment. Additional courses provide training in waste management, air pollution, water and wastewater, and other environmental health topics. Students earning this degree are well prepared to help maintain a safe supply of food and drinking water, discover mechanisms of diseases caused by environmental exposures, treat and dispose of solid and toxic wastes, and reduce air, water, and noise pollution.

Career paths of recent graduates

Graduates from the MS in Environmental Health program pursue careers in environmental health practice, research, or consulting, or continue on to doctoral work in the field. Recent graduates from this degree option are currently working as:

  • An Environmental Health Associate at Ramboll Environ, a global consulting firm that works to manage environmental and health risks (Class of 2015)
  • A Public Affairs Specialist at the Environmental Protection Agency (Class of 2015)
  • An Environmental & Health Sciences Consultant at ICF International, a global consulting and technology services provider (Class of 2015)

Which department am I in?

School of Public Health

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$33,661.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,

SEATTLE,

Washington,

98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Hold the minimum equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or its equivalent from an accredited foreign institution or a Bologna bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.

Grade point average (GPA)

The UW Graduate School requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last two years (90 credits) of study.

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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