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Environmental Health Sciences, M.P.H.

Arnold School of Public Health

Develop a practice-oriented, broad background in public health in preparation for a professional career through our multidisciplinary program. You'll complete a supervised internship instead of a thesis.

Examine the causes and effects of interactions between humans and their environment with the goal of minimizing the impact on human health and the environment. Graduates work as health and safety officers, risk managers and more in public health and environmental regulatory agencies, non-profit organizations and universities.

Program Highlights

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    Work That Matters

    Develop a network within public health, environmental protection agencies, research labs, education and industry.

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    Career Options

    Prepare for positions such as risk assessor, outreach coordinator, resource manager and health physicist.

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    National Partners

    Work in facilities like the Center of Excellence for Oceans and Human Health and Climate Change Interactions.

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    Notable Faculty

    Learn from some of the nation’s leading researchers with a significant network in private industry and agencies.

What You’ll Study

Examine the interactions between humans and their environment and apply elements of both pure and applied sciences. We believe in community-based research and research-based learning, so students focus on real-world issues that impact environmental health and quality of life. Opportunities to tailor courses to your specific goals.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

    Scientific Writing

    Communicating scientific research and findings in a clear, accurate and compelling manner

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

  • Teamwork

    Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

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Potential Careers

  • Health and Safety Officer
  • Risk Assessor
  • Risk Manager
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Resource Manager
  • Health Physicist

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Department Manager
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $93,478

Workplace Settings

  • Public Health
  • Private Industries
  • Research
  • State and Federal Government
  • Health Agencies
  • Engineering

Employers of Alumni

  • Safety Leader Institute LLC
  • Mobile Health Diagnostics
  • S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control

Is USC Right For You?

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