About the Program

About the Program

GHE Student will receive a master of science degree in Environmental Health Sciences through the Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Graduate Group at UC Berkeley.

Students are required to complete 44 semester units in several departments across campus encompassing environmental health sciences; biostatistics and epidemiology; and a choice between two tracks: international development or environmental health policy.

Masters Project Guidelines and Timetable (2015 revision)
Every GHE student is required to conduct a research project as part of their degree requirements. Past MS project abstracts are available in the Student Research portion of the website.

International Fieldwork Opportunities
The GHE research project may be done using secondary data sources without the need to do fieldwork. Most GHE students, however, take advantage of the many opportunities available within the UCB School of Public Health to conduct fieldwork during the summer between their two academic years to investigate an environmental health problem in a developing country.

In recent years, GHE students have gone to Guatemala, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Paraguay, India, Nepal, Thailand, Malawi, Mongolia, China, Kenya, Uganda, and Côte d’Ivoire. To make this possible, requires that students start working with their advisor toward developing a project by the middle of their first academic year, as it takes time to secure funding, obtain human subjects approval, and develop a good research protocol.

Many Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) faculty are involved with GHE student work. Click above to view names and research areas of interest. Additionally, GHE students may work with faculty outside of EHS and the School of Public Health to develop their research interests and thesis project.

Students can look forward to gaining valuable skills. Among the most critical are:

  • An understanding of the sources, pathways, exposures, health impacts, and control measures for environmental pollutants and environmentally mediated infectious and parasitic diseases at the household, community, regional, and global levels;
  • An appreciation of the statistical and epidemiological techniques used to establish causal links between environmental contaminants and ill-health;
  • An ability to link environmental and health outcomes with population and economic development issues;
  • The capability to forge concise, analytically robust, and practical policy recommendations;
  • Field research methods (for those electing to do field research for their GHE project)