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Environmental Health Sciences, M.S.

Arnold School of Public Health

Join our program that combines real-world problem solving with technical, health and research skills to prepare effective environmental health researchers for public and private careers.

Examine the causes and effects of interactions between humans and their environment with the goal of minimizing the impact on both human health and the environment. Our graduate students are routinely the recipients of nationally competitive research fellowships, and assistantships are available. A thesis is required.

Program Highlights

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    Work That Matters

    Gain meaningful employment within public health, environmental protection agencies, research labs, education and industry.

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    Career Options

    Prepare for positions such as research scientist, water quality specialist, toxicologist, ecotoxicologist and health physicist.

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    National Partners

    Work in facilities like the Center of Excellence for Oceans and Human Health and Climate Change Interactions.

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    Notable Faculty

    Learn from some of the nation’s leading researchers with a significant network in private industry and agencies.

What You’ll Study

Explore complex interactions that combine elements of both pure and applied sciences. We believe in community-based research and research-based learning, so you will focus on real-world issues that impact environmental health and quality of life and produce sound science and data in support of addressing and improving environmental and public health.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Laboratory Research

    Conducting experiments and analyzing data to gain new knowledge and insights in a scientific field


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

    Systems Analysis

    Studying and improving complex systems to optimize performance and efficiency

  • Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

    Decision-making Expertise

    Applying critical thinking and analytical skills to make informed and effective decisions

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

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Potential Careers

  • Research Scientist
  • Water Quality Specialist
  • Toxicologist
  • Ecotoxicologist
  • Health Physicist
  • Environmental Law Enforcement Officer

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Department Manager
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $93,478

Workplace Settings

  • Public Health
  • Environmental Protection
  • Research
  • Higher Education
  • Business

Employers of Alumni

  • Safety Leader Institute LLC
  • Mobile Health Diagnostics
  • S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control

Is USC Right For You?

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