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Milton, Donald,

Associate Professor

Puett, Robin,

Sapkota, Amir,

Sapkota, Amy,

Turner, Paul,

Wilson, Sacoby,

Assistant Professor

Payne-Sturges, Devon, Full Member

Quiros Alcala, Lesliam,

More MIEH Faculty Information

Environmental Health Sciences (MIEH)   

Program Title and Classification

Environmental Health Sciences

Graduate Degree Program

College: Public Health


The Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in Environmental Health Sciences. Environmental Health Science is a discipline that investigates biological, chemical, and physical factors that affect the health of human beings and their communities. Focusing on interrelationships between people and their environments, the discipline seeks to translate environmental health research into effective public health practice; promote human health and well-being; and foster safe and healthy environments. Environmental public health scientists address issues such as the control of epidemic diseases, food and water safety, treatment and disposal of liquid and airborne wastes, elimination of workplace stressors, and the role of environment in chronic illnesses. Environmental health sciences professionals also tackle the effects of long-range problems, including the effects of toxic chemicals and radioactive waste, acidic deposition, depletion of the ozone layer, and global warming on human health. The program additionally seeks to understand the effects of adverse built environments and environmental injustice in its approach to interventions promoting applied environmental health for all.


MIAEH also has a PhD program in Environmental Health Sciences, a PhD program in Toxicology, and we additionally we support students interested in a PhD in Environmental Epidemiology.

Admissions Information

Applications should be submitted through the Schools of Public Health Application Service, (SOPHAS), at The 2016-2017 application cycle opens in SOPHAS in September and all application documents must be submitted via SOPHAS. Remember to designate the University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park (SOPHAS Code 0485) as one of your school choices along with your desired program. SOPHAS will verify submission, and if complete, SOPHAS will inform the University of Maryland Graduate School. The verification process can take 4-6 weeks to complete. We do not accept materials outside of the SOPHAS process. The University of Maryland Graduate School requires a Supplemental Application and a Supplemental Application Fee of $75 for each program. This request will be made by the Graduate School once your SOPHAS information is verified by SOPHAS. MIAEH will be able to review ONLY after both stages above are complete, thus there may be a some delay in you submitting and getting a final decision.


TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for some international students; see the Graduate School web site for further details and minimum requirements for admission

The School of Public Health has an Open House Event where you can meet faculty and students from MIAEH. For Further details contact  Dr Evelyn C. King-Marshall ( sends e-mail)). Other events will be posted throughout the fall semester.

MPH Admissions Criteria:

Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA; outstanding performance in quantitative-oriented courses

Official GRE scores taken within the past 5 years (GRE scores are required and should be requested directly from ETS for electronic transmission to SOPHAS. The school code is 0485). Students with an existing graduate degree should contact the department to discuss GRE requirements.

Three letters of recommendation that address your academic capabilities

Your statement of purpose should address each of the following questions: 1) describe your specific interest in Environmental Health Sciences; 2) what previous experiences have influenced your decision to pursue a degree in Environmental Health Sciences; and 3) how do you believe UMD’s program will help you reach your career goals.

Discuss any relevant academic/work experience, including previous coursework in public health, climate change, environmental science, environmental justice, chemistry and statistical methods.

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant FallSpring
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
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International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
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Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Total CreditsCore RequirementsSpecialization Options

Thesis option: 46 credits

Non-thesis option: 46 credits

EPIB 610: Foundations of Epidemiology (3 credits)

EPIB 650: Biostatistics I (3 credits)

HLSA 601: Introduction to Health Systems (3 credits)

HLTH 665: Health Behavior I (3 credits)

MIEH 600: Foundations of Environmental Health (3 credits)

MIEH 740: Environmental Health Risk Assessment (3 credits)

EPIB 651: Biostatistics II (3 credits)

MIEH 720: Principles of Toxicology (3 credits)

MIEH 770: Law and Policy in Environmental Health (3 credits)

MIEH 771: Exposure Assessment of Environmental Hazards (3 credits)

MIEH 780: Occupational Health (3 credits)

EPIB 641: Public Health and Research Ethics (1 credit)

MIEH 785: Internship in Public Health (3 credits)

Thesis option:

Elective (3 credits)

MIEH 799: Master's Thesis Research (6 credits)

Non-thesis option:

Electives (6 credits)

MIEH 786: Capstone Project in Public Health (3 credits)



Facilities and Special Resources

The proximity of the University of Maryland, College Park to the nation’s capital offers prospective students unparalleled opportunities for internships and research experiences in public health, including placements at the National Institutes of Health, the CDC Washington Office, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s National Medical Center, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and many other national, state, and local health agencies. The diversity of cultural and socioeconomic groups, communities, industries, and health organizations provides a rich environment for learning, research, public policy analysis, and service.



Dr Paul C Turner - Graduate Director MIAEH

Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301.405.5509


Maurice Rocque - Program Coordinator

Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health

University of Maryland

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301.405.5509

Fax: 301-314-1012


Associated Information




Behavioral and Community Health (BCHL)

Behavioral and Community Health (MBCH)

Biostatistics (BIOS)

Epidemiology (EPDM)

Epidemiology (EPID)

Health Administration (HLSA)

Maternal and Child Health (MCHS)

Toxicology (TOXI)