Doctoral Minor in EHS

Discover the Doctoral Minor in Environmental Health Science

The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health offers a PhD minor in Environmental Health Science that provides students with a foundation in the identification and control of environmental hazards that can adversely affect human health and environmental quality. People who possess these specialized skills are in high demand due to the ever-growing focus on how the natural and built environments impact population health.

The doctoral minor in Environmental Health Science is comprised of a minimum of 12 credits and serves as a useful complement to many major areas of study. You will learn both theoretical concepts of environmental public health and how to apply these concepts in assessing environmental health risks, collecting and analyzing data, and developing policy. Because you can choose three of the courses from a list of options, you can easily customize this minor to your unique interests and needs. This minor is ideal for students from many schools, including the IU schools of Nursing, Medicine, Science, Business, and Public and Environmental Affairs.

Students who wish to obtain a doctoral minor from the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health must earn a grade of “B” or better in the coursework for the minor. Courses in which a grade of “B-” or lower is earned will not apply toward completion of the minor. Faculty in the department of Environmental Health Science will serve as advisors for students choosing this minor.

  • EHS Minor Curriculum

    Required Course

    • PBHL A519 Environmental Science for Public Health (3 credits)


    Plus three courses from the following list:

    • PBHL A661 Environmental Toxicology (3 credits)
    • PBHL A662 Environmental Health Risk Assessment in Public Health (3 credits)
    • PBHL A617 Environmental Epidemiology of Epidemiology (3 credits)
    • PBHL A620 Environmental Health Policy Analysis (3 credits)
    • PBHL A633 Occupational Health and Safety for Public Health Professionals (3 credits)
    • PBHL A670 Water Quality Management (3 credits)
    • PBHL A451 Air Pollution in the Community (3 credits)
    • PBHL A640 Public Health Applications of GIS (3 credits)


    Other courses may be taken if approved by the student’s minor advisor. Students who have already completed any of the required courses as part of their MPH or PhD requirements may not apply those courses toward their minor in Environmental Health Science and must instead work with their faculty advisor to identify alternate EHS courses.

    The student’s minor advisor will monitor satisfactory completion of the requirements for the doctoral minor in Environmental Health Science. Doctoral students must notify the Fairbanks School of Public Health before beginning their course of study for the minor.

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