Columbia University

School of Public Health

Environmental Health Sciences


630 West 169th Street

New York City, NY 10027

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The PhD degree in Environmental Health Sciences is designed to train professionals for advanced basic research, teaching, and leadership positions in environmental health sciences. A small student-to-faculty ratio and dedicated, world-class faculty provide ample opportunity for PhD candidates to work on multidisciplinary collaborative research projects.

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences is also home to three research centers: the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health, the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan, and the Superfund Research Program. Doctoral students work closely with faculty on laboratory-based and applied investigations to better understand the molecular and pathological mechanisms by which environmental chemicals and physical agents affect human health.

The faculty's collaborative research spans the Columbia campus and extends beyond the university. Projects abroad, such as those in Bangladesh, China, and Kenya, provide many opportunities for students to be involved in international research, ranging from molecular epidemiology to genetics to neurotoxicology.

Full funding is available for all PhD candidates. As teaching is considered an important aspect doctoral student training, all PhD candidates serve as Teaching Fellows and collaborate annually with a faculty member on a course taught to Master's of Public Health students. Candidates obtain research experience by fulfilling up to three rotations with members of the training faculty.

Applicants can select a focus in one of four areas: 1) Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 2) Environmental Epigenetics and Molecular Mechanisms, 3) Environmental Prevention and Mitigation, or 4) Climate and Health.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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