Environmental and Occupational Health

Milken Institute School of Public Health

School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The Environmental and Occupational Health Department is at the center of national and global conversations about the role of science in protecting workers, the public and the environment from toxic substances and dangerous conditions. Faculty and staff in the department have earned a national reputation as researchers and leaders in articulating how public health science is best used in regulatory decision making. Congressional committees, federal agencies, national scientific organizations, international public health entities and the media contact them frequently to discuss environmental hazards and the policies addressing them.

The Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Program prepares professionals to assume national and international leadership positions in environmental and occupational health, global health, health behavior, and health policy. The field of public health provides unique insights into the complex interrelationships between health, politics, and human development.  It enables professionals to address public health issues by marshalling research and analytic skills to develop innovative approaches to understand health and to promote and advocate for improved health outcomes as well as lead a team of diverse professionals reflecting shared values and vision to achieve specific objectives.  (The DrPH Program accepts student every other year one even years only.  The next matriculating cohort will be Fall 2018)

Admission Requirements


Fall – December 1 (this PhD program enrolls on a biennial basis every even year.)

Spring - October 1

Summer - December 15

Individuals interested in applying to this program should submit their application and supporting documents through SOPHAS, a general online application for Schools of Public Health. A graduated fee is charged for this application, depending on the number of accredited schools to which you apply.

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5268)

Recommendations required:

DrPH - Three (3) recommendations


Prior academic records:

Transcripts required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts must be forwarded to SOPHAS in their original sealed envelopes directly from the institution.

Official transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In no more than 1500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application. A description of your current skills and future goals related to research, leadership, and problem solving should also be included.

The Committee reviews your Statement of Purpose to determine your motivation for pursuing a career in public health.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 GW, and English language requirements. Detailed documentation needed for this program is available here.

PLEASE NOTE that all programs in the Milken Institute School of Public Health require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0.
  • TOEFL: 100 on Internet-based.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Suite 200
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.2160 (phone)
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday