Environmental Toxicology

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Environmental Toxicology Overview

Director: Greg A. Freyer, PhD

Technological and scientific developments have been responsible for the creation of thousands of new compounds, many of which pose a threat to human health. The measurement and analysis of the harmful effects of chemical, biological, and physical agents on living organisms, particularly humans, defines the field of Environmental Toxicology.

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences offers the Master of Science degree with a track in Toxicology. This Master's program provides students with expertise and training in environmental exposure, regulation, and mitigation. In addition to rigorous coursework in environmental toxicology, students gain conceptual and methodological foundations in biostatistics and epidemiology.  Students learn critical thinking and analysis skills and gain valuable practical experience via a capstone course, practicum or internship, and their thesis research.  A semester-long laboratory course provides students with hands-on experience in current environmental toxicological methods. In addition to full time academic faculty with internationally recognized expertise, several instructors are working professionals who bring real-world experience; enhancing the practical, career-oriented aspects of this Master's degree.

Program Requirements

The Environmental Toxicology track is designed to be completed in 12 months but can accommodate part-time students, who may take up to three years to complete the Master's program.

 Students in this program will complete:

  • At least 40 credits of course work (listed below)

  • A three month Practicum (150-300 hrs)

  • A Master’s Research thesis

Educational Goals

The Department’s Environmental Toxicology MS degree program will:

  • Provide students with a foundation for interpreting the adverse human health effects associated with exposure to environmental toxicants.

  • Prepare graduates for careers in governmental regulatory agencies such as EPA, FDA, CDC, and OSHA, as well as non-profit organizations and private sector companies involved in environmental management and/or work with hazardous waste. 

  • Give students the skills to assess risks associated with exposure and to devise methods for minimizing exposure and designing processes for mitigation and remediation.

  • Equip students with research experience through a Master’s thesis and workplace experience during a Practicum.

  • Offer Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Certification.

Careers

Graduates with a Master of Science degree in Environmental Toxicology are well qualified for careers in local and regional departments of health, federal agencies such as the EPA, FDA, CDC, academic Health and Safety Offices, private companies involved in environmental risk assessment and mitigation, non-governmental organizations, and careers in research and development in academia, medicine, industry, and the military.

Admissions

Requirements and submission instructions can be found here. 

Prerequisites: Applicants may have an undergraduate degree in any field, but need to demonstrate a solid background in biology and chemistry and should have at least one semester of calculus. Previous experience is desirable but not required for admission to the program. 

Application Deadline: Due June 1 of each calendar year to begin studies the following fall

Application Components: 

  • College transcript(s)

  • GRE scores

  • A personal statement

  • Three letters of reference

Course Work

Required Courses (34 Credits):

P6104 - Introduction to Biostatistics
P6400 - Principles of Epidemiology I
P8306 - Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
P8308 - Molecular Toxicology
P8312 - Fundamentals of Toxicology
P8313 - Toxicokinetics
P8320 - Applied Environmental and Industrial Hygiene
P8325 - Risk Assessment, Communication, and Management
P9300 - Capstone: Critical Thinking and Analysis in Environmental Health Science
P9303 - Applied Environmental Public Health Science
P8323 - Laboratory Methods in Environmental Health Sciences
P6370 - Journal Club in Toxicology and Molecular Epidemiology
P9361 - Master's Essay Research I
 

Elective Courses (2 Classes, 6 Credits):

P6360 - Analysis of Environmental Health Data
P6385 - Principles of Genetics and the Environment
P8307 - Molecular Epidemiology
P8319 - Biomarkers in Environmental Health
P8322 - Environmental Determinants of Health II


Sample Schedule

FALL (15 Credits)

P8312 - Fundamentals of Toxicology
P8313 - Toxicokinetics
P8306 - Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
P6400 - Principles of Epidemiology I
P8319 - Biomarkers in Environmental Health

SPRING (12 Credits)

P8308 - Molecular Toxicology
P8320 - Applied Environmental and Industrial Hygiene
P8325 - Risk Assessment, Communication, and Management
P8323 - Laboratory Methods in Environmental Health Sciences
P6370 - Journal Club in Toxicology and Molecular Epidemiology

SUMMER (13 Credits)

P6104 - Introduction to Biostatistical Methods
P9300 - Capstone: Critical Thinking and Analysis in Environmental Health Science
P9303 - Applied Environmental Public Health Science
P9361 - Master’s Essay Research I (Thesis)
Internship/Practicum

 

Contact Us

Nina Kulacki, MBA
Director of Academic Programs
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Columbia University
(212) 305-3466

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