Humans are as healthy as the environment in which they live. Environmental health focuses on assessing the public health risks associated biological, chemical and physical hazards in natural and built environments.
Our master of science (MSc) program in environmental health aims to provide thesis-based students with the skills required to conceptualize, design, conduct, analyze and interpret observational studies and experimental research. The primary focus of these research programs are to investigate the chain of causation arising from hazard exposure to adverse health outcome(s).
Training emphasizes theories, concepts and practices of exposure and risk assessment.
These programs provide students with core training in toxicology, principle of infectious disease, exposure assessment, risk assessment, risk management and epidemiology.
These courses are required in order to complete this program.
SPH 555 - Foundations of Public Health (*3)
SPH 596 - Epidemiology Methods I (*3)
Students are required to complete at least *6 of graduate level coursework, approved by their supervisor.
Students will successfully complete and defend a thesis on a research topic in the program area, defined in consultation with the student’s supervisory committee. The scope and quality of the thesis should normally be appropriate to form the basis for a refereed journal publication.
As you prepare to defend your thesis, in the Final Oral Examination, you will want to become familiar with the Master's Final Oral Exam Procedures.
Students are required to present the results of their thesis at a student seminar prior to the Final Oral Examination.
The minimum period of residence is one academic year of full-time registration at the University of Alberta.
Length of Program
The time required to complete the program will vary according to the previous training of the applicant and the nature of the research undertaken. The maximum time permitted for completion of the program is four years (full or part time) from the date of first registration.