BS/MPH in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Health

The Department of Environmental Health at Rollins and the Department of Environmental Science at Emory College jointly offer a five-year bachelor of science (BS) in environmental sciences (ENVS) and master of public health (MPH) in environmental health (EH) degree program. With similar objectives and program goals as the Environmental Health MPH program, students will earn a BS and MPH over the course of five years that will prepare them to tackle the most challenging environmental threats of the future. This accelerated track to earning an MPH adopts a uniquely interdisciplinary approach and allows students to tailor their degree to their specific interest area, such as climate change, air pollution or policy. This program is available to Emory ENVS students who apply during the sophomore OR junior year. 

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Critical Skills Gained

  • Exposure Science
  • Mechanisms of Toxicity
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Disease Ecology
  • Global Climate Change
  • Environmental Health Policy

Job Opportunities

  • Federal Environmental Health Agencies
  • State Health Departments
  • Industry
  • Consulting Firms
  • Non-Profits
  • Universities 

Admission Requirements

Students majoring in Environmental Sciences at Emory College with a 3.25 minimum GPA may apply to the BS/MPH program. As of 2019, students can apply for the program in the spring of their sophomore year OR spring of their junior year. This extended application period will allow Emory College students to begin the program in the fall of their junior OR senior year respectively and officially matriculate into Rollins in their fifth year.

Application Requirements

2020 Application Deadline: February 7, 2020

  • Resume
  • College Transcripts
  • Completed BS/MPH Application Form
  • Two Letters of Recommendation - one must be from a current ENVS or Oxford College professor
  • 1-page personal statement outlining your academic interestes, goals, and rationale for entering the program

Department Requirements

DegreeCoursework Requirements GPAGRE Scores
MPH

At least one semester of college-level biology and chemistry required; BS/MPH students can take these after they are admitted

Statistics, calculus, and organic chemistry also preferred

3.25 or higher GRE scores are waived unless you would like to be considered for RSPH scholarships in year five, then test scores must be reported by January of the senior year.

Maintaining Good Standing

To maintain good standing students must:

  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher for the duration of the program; if GPA drops below 3.25 for more than one semester, the student will not be allowed to complete work toward the MPH;
  • earn their degree in environmental sciences (ENVS) at Emory College;
  • follow all policies and requirements for Emory College and RSPH.

Advisement

Students will be advised jointly between Emory College and Rollins. Students will primarily be advised by their undergraduate advisor while enrolled at Emory College. Following matriculation in Rollins during the fifth year, the primary advisor will be in Rollins' Department of Environmental Health.

Current students interested in planning to pursue a bachelor of arts in Environmental Sciences should contact their undergraduate advisor for more information.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor’s degree

  • 4+1 BS/MPH students must complete the degree requirements established by Emory College and the Department of Environmental Sciences (ENVS) to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in ENVS
  • Students must enroll in ENVS 359: Ecology and Evolution of Disease as part of their BS program
  • Students may count two EH courses toward the ENVS degree

MPH

  • Complete all degree requirements for the EH MPH, including coursework, practicum, and thesis or capstone
  • 42 credit hours (33 will be earned at Rollins and up to 10 credit hours earned at Emory College will count toward the MPH degree)

Applied Practice Experience 

All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour applied practice expereince (APE). The APE is a unique opportunity for graduate students to integrate and apply practical skills and training learned through coursework in a professional public health work environment. In most cases, students can use a part-time work position, graduate assistantship, or internship to meet the APE requirement. The APE is a significant educational experience that requires a minimum of 200 clock hours in a public health agency, institution, or community under the supervision of a field supervisor and the guidance of the student's department and/or the Office of Career Development.

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Culminating Experience – Capstone or Thesis

In addition to the Applied Practice Experience, students are required to complete a culminating experience project that demonstrates knowledge and skills gained in the MPH program. A culminating experience calls for students to integrate and apply the competencies they developed during the course of their study, practicum, and/or related field experiences. Students can choose between a capstone OR thesis project. Students interested in conducting original research, analyzing data, interpreting study results and who are drawn to research-based careers often choose to complete a thesis. Students seeking more hands-on, practical environmental health skills, such as program evaluation, needs assessment, proposal writing or outreach work with community partners should consider a capstone.

Based on the type of culminating experience chosen, students enroll in either EH 594, Capstone Seminar: Skills for Environmental Health Professionals or EH 599R Thesis. All students are required to formally present their projects prior to graduation. For examples of past theses and capstone organized by general topic, please visit our Interest Area pages.

Tuition and Financial Aid

BS/MPH students are charged the RSPH dual-degree tuition rate in the 5th year when matriculated in RSPH. To assist with costs, students may compete for (limited) merit-based scholarships by taking the GREs and apply for loans as a graduate student through the Office of Financial Aid.  When matriculated in RSPH, students are also eligible for Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) funding through the Financial Aid application via the Office of Financial Aid. Research assistantships may be also be available.

Learn more about financing your degree.

Questions? Contact:

Leah Thomas
Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of
Environmental Sciences, Emory College
(404) 727-4985, leah.thomas@emory.edu


Ariadne
Swichtenberg
Associate Director of Academic Programs (ADAP)
Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of 
Public Health 
(404) 727-7905, ariadne.swichtenberg@emory.edu