MPH in Global Environmental Health

Students in Rollins’ global environmental health (GEH) master of public health (MPH) program focus on issues that impact health in the world’s poorest societies. Our goal is to simultaneously alleviate poverty and enhance environmental protection while promoting sustainable development.


  • Demography
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Ecology
  • Toxicology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Research design and proposal development
  • Planning, design, monitoring, and evaluation


Graduates of the MPH program are well positioned for environmental health positions as part of research teams in government, industry, or academia.

Click the pie chart to see careers of alumni, by sector.

Careers by Sector

Learn from global experts in such areas as:

  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene including Dr. Christine Moe, Dr. Karen Levy, Dr. Matt Freeman, Dr. Juan Leon, and Dr. Tom Clasen at The Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene 
  • Energy, transportation, and health including Dr. Paige Tolbert, Dr. Jeremy Sarnat, Dr. Yang Liu, Dr. Eri Saikawa, and Dr. Kyle Steenland
  • The health effects of global climate change including Dr. Stefanie Sarnat, Dr. Karen Levy, and Dr. Matthew Gribble
  • Environmental drivers of infectious disease including Dr. Uriel Kitron, Dr. Tom Gillespie, and Dr. Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec
  • Pesticides, industrial contaminants, and health including Dr. Dana Barr, Dr. Barry Ryan, and Dr. Kyle Steenland


The full-time program is designed to take two years to complete; part-time can take up to five years, depending on the number of credits taken each semester. Many students also choose to pursue a graduate Certificate in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene along with their MPH.  

Admission Requirements

  • College transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • SOPHAS application
  • Resume 
  • GRE test scores 
  • 1,500-word personal statement tailored to the student’s prospective department
  • All environmental health applicants are required to complete both college-level biology and chemistry prior to matriculation.

Frequently Asked Questions


Department Requirements

DegreeCoursework ReqGRE Scores
  • At least one semester of college-level biology and chemistry required.
  • Statistics, calculus, and organic chemistry also preferred
Your GRE scores are waived if you have a PhD from a U.S. institution.

MPH Degree Requirements

42  credit hours: Includes  credits of  thesis  or  capstone,  12 credits core coursework 15-18  required program credits, 11  or more electives.

Students must also complete a 200-400 hour practicum.

Applied Practice Experience

All Rollins MPH and MSPH students are required to complete a 200-400 hour The Applied Practice Experience (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 Applied Practice Experience requirement.  The Applied Practice Experience 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 Experiences