The EHS Department is home to four degree granting programs (MPH, MS, PhD, DrPH) and five centers involving both laboratory-based basic science and community-based research.

Degree Programs

A preeminent leader in the field, our department offers a MPH, MSPhD and DrPH to investigate how the environment influences human health.

Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH)

One of eight designated by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the EPA.

Columbia Climate and Health Program (CCHP)

CCHP fosters inter-disciplinary research and teaching on the human health dimensions of climate change. Students explore climate-related impacts from pollution, heat, disease vectors, food insecurity, and others, as well as the health benefits of climate mitigation actions.

NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan

The Center works to identify and understand environmental exposures contributing to the pathophysiology of human disease. Research on air toxics, life course exposures, epigenetics and climate and health involves community partners to translate findings into health benefits.

Superfund Research Program

Considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be “the largest mass poisoning in history,” the Superfund Program investigates the health effects, geochemistry, and remediation of naturally occurring arsenic, with a particular focus on groundwater. 


The Program to Inspire Minority Undergraduates in Environmental Health Science Research (PrIMER) provides opportunities for minority undergraduate science students to learn about research in environmental health.