Environmental Health Science and Policy
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 M.P.H. program prepares graduates to analyze implications of policies relating to environmental and occupational health, to participate in policy development and to assess and manage environmental and occupational risks. Students develop culminating projects related to their interests; past experiences have focused on pesticide exposure, coal mine safety, food contaminants, antibiotic resistance, water quality and other current environmental health problems.
With courses scheduled in the late afternoons and early evenings, our programs allow students to attain valuable career experience while they earn their degrees.
Fall – March15 (Applications must be complete by December 15 for priority scholarship consideration.); January 15 (International applicants.)
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). Applicants may also submit the LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT instead of the GRE. Applicants who already have a conferred graduate degree (i.e. M.A., M.S., J.D.) are exempt.
Two (2) recommendations
Prior academic records:
Transcripts are 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.
Statement of purpose:
In an essay of approximately 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 in the application.
The Committee reviews your Statement of Purpose to determine your motivation for pursuing a career in public health and health services.
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. The Milken Institute School of Public Health also provides detailed instructions for international applicants.
PLEASE NOTE that all programs in the Milken Institute School of Public Health require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:
Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20052