MS Environmental Health

Health Education & Promotion - MS in Environmental Health


Do you have an undergraduate degree in environmental health science or a related field and want to improve your knowledge, skills and career prospects? Are you currently an environmental health professional and want to upgrade your credentials and improve your professional prospects while continuing to work?

The master of science in environmental health (MSEH) program at East Carolina University is a great opportunity for students seeking rewarding career opportunities while protecting the environment and public health. The MSEH also program provides current environmental health professionals an opportunity to upgrade their credentials and improve their career prospects. Graduates from the program will be prepared for the challenges and opportunities available with local, state, federal and international organizations and agencies. Topics of study include air pollution control, elements of environmental engineering, water supply and wastewater technologies, food safety, toxicology, epidemiology, industrial hygiene, occupational health, vector borne disease and environmental law and management.

Prospects for employment and career advancement are excellent. The US Bureau of Labor statistics predicts that the employment opportunities in Environmental Health Sciences will expand by 28 percent in the next decade. Both public- and private-sector employers seek trained environmental health professionals for a wide variety of important jobs. In addition to local, state, and federal public-health agencies, other potential employers include military installations, industry, consulting firms, and institutional environments. Graduates may also choose to pursue a career in environmental health research and/or pursue a doctorate in a related field of interest.

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Admission Requirements

Completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree is required for admission to the MSEH Program.  Traditionally, successful MSEH applicants have scored at or above the 30th percentile (average) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) quantitative and verbal components (or equivalent Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT score), and earned an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.7 or above (graduate GPA of 3.0 or above).  However, admission to the MSEH Program is based upon a holistic review of several factors, which may include (in addition to GRE or GMAT scores and GPA), letters of recommendation, previous education and work experience and/or other factors, as appropriate.  Waiving of the GRE/GMAT may be requested for applicants with significant experience in the field of environmental health or a closely related discipline (“Professional Track Admission”).  Completion of the GRE/GMAT may be waived for students having previously completed a graduate degree.  MSEH applicants are encouraged to e-mail the Program Director, Dr. Tim Kelley, for more information related to their specific application.

MSEH Application Guidance

An application is required for admission to the MS graduate program – please visit the ECU Graduate School site for details or click Apply Button below.

Program Requirements

The master of science in environmental health requires completion of a minimum of 35 s.h. A student with less than 30 undergraduate semester hours in the natural sciences may be admitted with the approval of the environmental health sciences faculty and may be required to complete additional science coursework. All students must pass a written, comprehensive examination typically completed during the student’s last semester prior to graduation.

Environmental health offers two degree paths:

  • Research Option: Students must complete and submit a thesis to both the thesis committee and the Graduate School for review. The thesis option may require more intensive and/or additional hands-on data collection and typically requires students to complete more face-to-face courses.
  • Applied Option: This option is intended for students with previous education and/or experience in environmental health or a closely related discipline. Permission to choose this option must be obtained from the environmental health sciences program faculty. Students must complete and submit a professional paper to their professional paper committee for review. This degree option may be completed entirely online with the approval of the environmental health sciences program faculty.

Required Courses

Delivery Methods
This program is offered in both an on-campus, Face to Face format and off-campus, on-line format.

Additional Information

MSEH Student Guidance

Accreditation Information

The MS in environmental health is accredited by National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC), the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC).