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Department of Environmental Medicine

New York, NY


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Graduate Programs in Environmental Health Sciences at New York University

The Department of Environmental Medicine at New York University School of Medicine offers both Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in environmental health sciences. These programs provide students with advanced training in scientific disciplines related to environmental health, focusing on major health problems such as cancer, respiratory illness, cardiovascular diseases, and musculoskeletal ailments. Students acquire specialized knowledge in several environmental health areas including toxicology, molecular carcinogenesis, epigenetics, exposure assessment and health effects, epidemiology, biostatistics, and ergonomics/biomechanics.

Training Program in Environmental Toxicology

Pre-doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows in the environmental toxicology program at New York University may be eligible to receive training grant support provided by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Training grant recipients receive research training in pulmonary or molecular toxicology. Pre-doctoral trainees can receive tuition waivers and a generous annual stipend for two years from the training grant. Post-doctoral trainees can receive up to three years of grant support from the training grant.

Master of Science Degree in Environmental Health Sciences

The M.S. program in environmental health sciences is ideal for individuals who are seeking career opportunities in occupational health and safety, health hazard communication, health risk assessment, environmental analysis of toxicants, and health effects of environmental exposures. It has two main tracks: environmental toxicology and occupational and environmental hygiene. The program, which can be pursued on a full- or part-time basis, focuses on teaching students how to use scientific methodology to find solutions to "real-world" environmental problems. Students acquire fundamental knowledge about environmental pollution, toxicology, cancer and other disease mechanisms and gain the ability to present scientific data and interpret scientific reports. Because the program gives students the opportunity to develop individualized courses of study, they may take relevant courses in other schools within New York University such as environment management and planning, environmental law, and risk assessment.

Degree Requirements -- M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences

Graduates of the M.S. program complete 36 points of course work, at least 24 of which are to be accumulated while in residence at NYU in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. M.S. students must also complete a special project that is typically a thesis based on a faculty-supervised laboratory project. Alternatively, some students complete a library thesis. Students are required to attend departmental seminars and participate in journal clubs. Laboratory placements are established in consultation with the student, their academic advisers, and potential research mentors.

Financial Assistance for Master's Degree Students

Successful full-time M.S. applicants are automatically considered for graduate assistantships that cover tuition and fees, and provides stipends that contribute towards living costs while attending New York University.

Ph.D. Program in Environmental Health Sciences

The Ph.D. program in Environmental Health Sciences prepares students for "active and productive" careers in academic or industry research and professional service. The instructive component of the program focuses on providing students with a solid foundation in basic sciences. In addition, a research component gives students hands-on experience designing, conducting, and interpreting studies that address scientific issues in environmental health.

Ph.D. Program Requirements

Doctoral students earn 72 credits, of which at least 48 credits are for didactic courses. They are required to attend department seminars and journal clubs, as well as write and defend a doctoral dissertation. First and second year students participate in laboratory rotations that are based on their interests in order to choose a research mentor for their thesis work. Students choose specific courses of study that reflect their educational and career backgrounds, interests, and career goals.

Financial Assistance for Ph.D. Candidates

All full-time doctoral students in the Environmental Health Sciences at New York University are eligible for assistantships that cover the cost of tuition and fees, and include a generous stipend.

Faculty and Research Specialties

Faculty members are dedicated to providing comprehensive education in environmental health sciences and conducting cutting-edge research in the field. They conduct research in a wide-variety of areas including chemical carcinogenesis, epigenetics, health effects of particulate air pollution, and epidemiology of cancer susceptibility. For instance, Dr. Max Costa's (chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine) current research interests include molecular mechanisms of metal carcinogenesis. He holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology and began his extensive research and publishing career in 1976. His colleague, professor Dr. Terry Gordon’s broad research interest is in inhalation toxicology and one focus of his research lab is the identification and understanding of the role of individual susceptibility factors in the adverse pulmonary effects produced by inhaled environmental and occupational agents.  Another major research focus of Drs. Gordon, Zelikoff, and Chen is identifying the gaseous and particulate components which cause the adverse effects of alternative tobacco products in human and animal model studies. 

Alumni Placement

Graduates of the Environmental Health Sciences program are well-regarded in the government, business, and education sectors. They have acquired top-tier positions in numerous universities, pharmaceutical companies, local and federal government agencies, consulting firms and other organizations including Abbott Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dow Corning Corporation, the New York City Department of Health, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Admissions to Graduate Programs in Environmental Health Sciences

The admissions process for the Environmental Health Sciences program at New York University involves an online submission process requesting academic transcripts from undergraduate and prior graduate schools attended, a personal statement and CV, three letters of recommendations, and official GRE and TOEFL scores.

New York University

Founded in 1831, the prestigious New York University is ranked at 30 on U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2021" ranking list. It is also one of only 60 colleges and universities in the United States to become a member of the distinguished Association of American Universities. Located in New York City, New York in the northeastern region of the United States, NYU is 1 of the largest private universities in the country. Diverse in nature, it educates more than 40,000 students per year and consists of 18 schools and colleges located at 5 major centers in Manhattan (a borough of New York City) as well as sites in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. The university's location in vibrant and culturally-diverse New York City offers students a wealth of work, entertainment, and cultural options such as the American Museum of Natural History, Broadway, Central Park, and Times Square.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 5
Doctoral Degrees 5
Other Advanced Degrees 0

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Alternate accepted
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Thesis Required
Oral and written exams


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 18th December 18th No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0; bachelor's degree in biological, physical, or engineering science
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test
Doctoral Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0; bachelor's degree in biological, physical, or engineering science

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required
IELTS: Required

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards December 18
Types of financial support available Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 7.02%
Black or African American 3.51%
White or Caucasian 24%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 17.54%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Unknown 3.51%


Male (38%)
Female (61%)

Location & Contact

341 E 25th St
New York, NY  10010
United States 
Dr. Catherine B. Klein 
Associate Director of Graduate Studies
Cynthia Jose
Graduate Coordinator
Phone: 646-754-9462

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