Department of Environmental Medicine Graduate School of Arts and Science New York University

Department of Environmental Medicine Graduate School of Arts and Science New York University

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 18
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
8 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Graduate Programs in Environmental Health Sciences at New York University

The Department of Environmental Medicine at New York University 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 also acquire specialized knowledge in several environmental health areas including biostatistics, epidemiology, ergonomics and biomechanics, exposure assessment and health effects, molecular toxicology/carcinogenesis, and toxicology.

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 grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Grant recipients receive research training in pulmonary or molecular toxicology.

Pre-doctoral trainees receive tuition waivers and a generous annual stipend for 2 years. Post-doctoral trainees receive up to 3 years of grant support.

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, and environmental analysis of toxicants. It has 2 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, and biostatistics 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 program complete 36 points of course work, at least 24 of which are to be accumulated while in residence at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

They must also complete a special project that is either a library thesis or a thesis that is based on a faculty-supervised laboratory project.

Students also attend departmental seminars and participate in journal clubs. In addition, they can complete laboratory rotations in consultation with their academic advisers.

Financial Assistance for Master's Degree Students

Successful full-time M.S. applicants are automatically considered for graduate assistantships that cover living costs while at New York University as well as tuition and fees.

Ph.D. Program in Environmental Health Sciences

The Ph.D. program in Environmental Health Sciences prepares students for "active and productive" careers in 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 that include at least 48 credits of didactic courses. They also attend department seminars and journal clubs as well as write and defend a doctoral dissertation.

First year students also participate in laboratory rotations that are based on their interests. Students also 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, associate professor Dr. Yu Chen, focuses her research on the relationship between environmental and dietary factors and chronic ailments such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

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 businesses and organizations including Abbott Laboratories, Brown University, 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 submitting GRE and TOEFL scores, an online or hardcopy application that includes academic transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended, and 3 letters of recommendations.

New York University

Founded in 1831, the prestigious New York University is ranked at 33 on U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2011" ranking list. It is also 1 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.

Location & Contact

Department of Environmental Medicine

Graduate School of Arts and Science
New York University

70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1019
United States

Dr. Max Costa


Phone: 845-731-3661
Fax: 845-351-4510

Dr. Jerome Solomon

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 845-731-3661
Fax: 845-351-4510

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Environmental Health Sciences Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [biostatistics]
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [epidemiology]
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [ergonomics and biomechanics]
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [exposure assessment and health effects]
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [molecular toxicology/carcinogenesis]
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [toxicology]
      Master of Science (MS) [environmental hygiene]
      Master of Science (MS) [toxicology]
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 8
    • Doctoral Degrees 6
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • 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
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


44% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 79
    • Accepted 35
    • Acceptance Rate 44
    • Enrolled 20
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? No
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 18th December 18th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0; bachelor's degree in biological, and physical, or engineering science
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0; bachelor's degree in biological, and physical, or engineering science
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsDecember 18
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students74
    • Female Percentage54%
    • Male Percentage46%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students74
    • Part-time Percentage12%
    • Full-time Percentage88%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino17%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian60%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian17%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown2%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty26
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage27%
    • Male Percentage73%