PhD in Environmental and Planetary Health Sciences

PhD in Environmental and Planetary Health Sciences

The PhD degree in Environmental and Planetary Health Sciences program applies an interdisciplinary approach to identification of the public health impacts of the local and global environment, human activities, the food environment and nutrition, along with the socio-political and economic factors that together determine the sustainability of life on our planet. Graduates will apply scientific methods to understand and address these global challenges, through a framework of environmental justice and sustainability stewardship.

Admissions Requirements
  • Completed SOPHAS application
  • GRE scores within the past five years
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA based on a four-point scale or above
  • Completion of a master of science, master of public health, or other equivalent advanced degree is recommended
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two should be academic references)
  • A resume/CV
  • A personal statement (up to 1000 words)
  • TOEFL scores, if language of instruction for prior degrees was not English
  • Transcript evaluation from World Education Services for all applicants with international transcripts
Deadline
Fall 2020: We will begin accepting applications starting on August 15, 2019. The deadline is December 1, 2019.

Core Competencies

  • Critically analyze research for appropriateness of study design, sample, measures, data analysis, results, interpretation and dissemination.
  • Design a feasible study and apply appropriate research methods to answer public health research questions.
  • Develop professional skills in scientific writing, oral communication, and teaching.
  • Uphold the highest ethical standards in planning, conducting, and analyzing research, including the involvement of human subjects.
  • Apply historical and emerging scientific theories and paradigms to develop research aims and methods.

 

Concentration Competencies

  • Quantify the influence of infrastructure, global, macro-social trends or regulations on planetary health hazards.
  • Critically analyze planetary health risks within the current scientific, political, economic, social, cultural or regulatory contexts.
  • Develop strategies to address planetary health risks using systems science
  • Integrate concepts from scientific disciplines, such as toxicology, and physiology to generate or test models that predict effects of planetary health
  • Design a study to monitor health, predict risk, identify potential targets of intervention, or assess effectiveness using appropriate statistical tools
Foundational Knowledge (0 credits) PUBH 601 Foundations of Public Health Knowledge*
Core Courses (12 credits) PUBH 801 (formerly EPID 820) Epidemiological Methods I
PUBH 802 (formerly BIOS 820) Applied Biostatistics I
PUBH 803 Public Health Perspectives on Science
PUBH 804 (formerly PUBH 813) Qualitative Research Methods with Applications to Urban Health
Concentration Courses (30 credits) EOHS 822 Biology and Pathophysiological Applications in Public Health
EOHS 823 Systems Science in Planetary Health
EPID 821 Epidemiological Methods II
Two selectives chosen from EOHS 824 Advanced Exposure Assessment and Policy Applications, EOHS 821 Environmental and Occupational Health Risk and Hazard Assessment, FNPH 821 Nutrient Metabolism and Applications in Public Health, FNPH 820 Food Policy.

 

Five electives, chosen in consultation with advisor

Teaching Experience (0 credits) Teaching experience to be determined in consultation with advisor
Examinations Qualifying Exam
Culminating Seminar and Experience (0 credits) PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision
Total Required Credits 42

*Students who have an undergraduate or graduate degree in public health from a CEPH-accredited institution are waived from this requirement.

For full-time students

Year 1 Fall PUBH 803 Public Health Perspectives on Science 3
EOHS 822 Biology and Pathophysiological Applications in Public Health 3
PUBH 802 Applied Biostatistics I 3
Year 1 Spring PUBH 804 Qualitative Research Methods with Application to Urban Health 3
PUBH 801 Epidemiological Methods I 3
Elective 3
Year 1 Summer Qualifying Exam
Year 2 Fall EPID 821 Epidemiological Methods II 3
Selective 3
Elective 3
Year 2 Spring EOHS 823 Systems Science in Planetary Health 3
Selective 3
Elective 3
Year 3 Fall Teaching Experience
Elective 3
Elective 3
Year 3 Spring PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 4 Fall PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 4 Spring PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 5 Fall PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0

 

For part-time students

Year 1 Fall PUBH 803 Public Health Perspectives on Science 3
PUBH 801 Epidemiological Methods I 3
Year 1 Spring PUBH 802 Applied Biostatistics I 3
PUBH 804 Qualitative Research Methods with Application to Urban Health 3
Year 1 Summer Qualifying Exam
Year 2 Fall EPID 821 Epidemiological Methods II 3
EOHS 822 Biology and Pathophysiological Applications in Public Health 3
Year 2 Spring Selective 3
EOHS 823 Systems Science in Planetary Health 3
Year 3 Fall Elective 3
Elective 3
Year 3 Spring Selective 3
Elective 3
Year 4 Fall Elective 3
Elective 3
Year 4 Spring Teaching Experience
PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 5 Fall PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 5 Spring PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 6 Fall PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0
Year 6 Spring PUBH 900 Dissertation Supervision 0