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Environmental Health Sciences, Ph.D.

Arnold School of Public Health

Prepare to become an environmental health scientist or professor by enrolling in our doctoral program that emphasizes scientific competence, research skills and professional development.

Explore new and exciting public health challenges addressing environmental issues such as climate change, forever chemicals, nanomaterials and environmental justice. Defend a dissertation that represents significant research in an area of advanced study. The specific curriculum for the doctoral degree varies with the discipline.

Program Highlights

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    Work That Matters

    Research in areas of environmental microbiology, toxicology, environmental nanomaterials, sustainable agriculture and more.

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    Supportive Environment

    Benefit from a fellowship program and health insurance for qualifying students. Join active graduate student group activities.

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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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    Program Excellence

    Students and graduates receive numerous awards and exciting fellowships at the national and international levels.

What You’ll Study

Participate in research that engages people and communities faced with major environmental problems. Faculty members understand how to engage the public in a collaborative manner to improve the quality of the environment and, in turn, enhance public health and well-being. Enjoy flexible course offerings and a family-like atmosphere.

Building Skills

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

  • Scientific Writing

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


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

  • Public Speaking

    Delivering a message or presentation to an audience effectively and persuasively


    Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Environmental Health Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • Faculty

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Clinical Laboratory Technical Supervisor
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Marine Habitat Restoration Specialist
  • Senior Research Scientist

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $91,423

Workplace Settings

  • Government
  • Academia/Education
  • Private Industry

Employers of Alumni

  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Nephron Pharmaceuticals
  • University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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