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Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences


COURSEWORK AND EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for the M.S. degree may be satisfied in one of two ways:Environmental Toxicology Poster

  • Plan I — The student completes the Environmental Health Sciences core program with all grades of B or above and, under the direction of a faculty advisor, prepares a thesis that is acceptable to the thesis committee.
  • Plan II — The student completes the core program with all grades of B or above; prepares a scholarly paper based on individual study in an area of environmental health sciences under the supervision of a faculty member, and satisfactorily passes the written comprehensive examination at the master's of science level.

Plan I requires a minimum of 5 quarters and generally 7 quarters to complete. Plan II takes 4 quarters to complete.



Curriculum »

The core course requirements are given below for Plan I (original research thesis) and Plan II (comprehensive examination):

Plan I (with original research thesis)

TOX 206 A-B       Target Organ Toxicology, 6 units/quarter
One of the following 3 introductory statistics courses:
     STATS 201
     or
     PUBHLTH 207
     or
     EPIDEM 204
Statistical Methods for Data Analysis I, 4 units

Public Health Statistics, 4 units

Biostatistics, 4 units
TOX 264 Intro to Environmental Health Science , 4 units, W* 
EPIDEM 200 Principles of Epidemiology, 4 units
TOX 298 A-B-C            
Environmental Toxicology Seminar, 2 units per quarter


*TOX270 may be substituted with the approval of the advisor if the student already possesses a background in environmental health sciences.


Approved electives, 8 units selected from the pool below.

Total units required:
  40, plus thesis

 

Approved Elective Pool*
TOX 201 Principles of Toxicology, 4 units
TOX 202 Environmental Toxicology, 4 units, Spring
TOX 204 Neurotoxicology, 4 units, Fall, even years
TOX 212 Inhalation Toxicology, 4 units, Spring, odd years
TOX 220 Industrial Toxicology, 4 units, Spring
TOX 269 Air Pollution, Climate and Health, 4 units
TOX 270 Human Exposure to Environmental Contaminants, 4 units  
TOX 275 Exposure Modeling and Risk Assessment, 4 units, Winter, even years
PUBHLTH 276 Toxic Chemicals in the Environment, 4 units
MOL BIO 203 Structure/Biosyn. Nucleic Acids, 4 units, Fall
MOL BIO 204 Structure/Biosyn. of Proteins, 4 units, Fall
DEV BIO 231B Cell Biology, 4 units, Winter
PATH 225 Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, 3 units
ANATOMY 203A,B  Human Microscopic Anatomy, 6 units
PHYSIO 206A,B    Introduction to Medical Physiology, 11 units
STAT 202,203 Statistical Methods for Data Analysis II, III, 4 units each
PUBHLTH 235 Geographic Information Systems, 4 units, Spring
EPIDEM 205 Environmental Epidemiology, 4 units
PUBHLTH 265 Advanced Environmental Health Science, 4 units
CRM/LAW 248 Geographic Information Systems, 4 units, Fall

*additional courses may be added to this pool upon approval of the Program Faculty

 

Plan II (with comprehensive examination)

TOX 206 A-B Target Organ Toxicology, 6 units/qtr.
One of the following 3 introductory statistics courses:
     STATS 201
     or
     PUBHLTH 207
     or
     EPIDEM 204
Statistical Methods for Data Analysis I, 4 units

Public Health Statistics, 4 units

Biostatistics, 4 units
TOX 264 Intro to Environmental Health Science (4), W*  
EPIDEM 200 Principles of Epidemiology, 4 units
TOX 298 A-B-C Environmental Toxicology Seminar, 2 units/qtr.
TOX 290 Independent Study in Environmental Toxicology, 2-12 units, F,W,S for Plan II

*TOX 270 may be substituted with the approval of the advisor if the student already possesses a background in environmental health sciences.


Approved Electives, 8 units (selected from the pool above)

Total units required:  40, plus comprehensive examination and paper



Plan I — Advancement to Candidacy, Advising, and Sample Program »

ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY- PLAN I:

The Master’s student in Plan I is required to write a thesis based on research the student has done under faculty supervision. A committee of three faculty members is appointed to guide the student through the research problem and determine when a sufficient amount of work has been completed satisfactorily. At that time, the student presents the research results to the committee; after successful presentation of the results, the student can advance to candidacy for the Master of Science degree. The student must advance to candidacy no later than one quarter before the quarter in which the degree is expected to be awarded.

ADVISING - PLAN I:

The first-year student in Plan I is expected to become involved in a research project at the earliest possible time, usually in the first quarter of the program. When a student is unsure of where to work, that student is encouraged to take advantage of the research rotation option. A rotation consists of up to one quarter of residence in a laboratory/research group of the student’s choice; two or more rotations per academic year are possible. Professors will be responsible for acting as an advisor/mentor to the student and instructing the student in proper research procedures, experimental design, and data analysis/scientific interpretation. If the entering student is sure of the area in which he or she wants to work, a research rotation is not necessary.


SAMPLE PROGRAM FOR MASTER'S STUDENT - PLAN I:

Year 1, Fall TOX 206A
6 units    
EPIDEM 200
4 units    
TOX 298
2 units   

Year 1, Winter    
TOX 206B
6 units
PUBHLTH 207
4 units
TOX 298
2 units
TOX 264
4 units
Year 1, Spring Elective
4 units
Elective
4 units
TOX 298
2 units
TOX 299
2 units
Year 2, Fall

TOX 298
2 units
TOX 299
10 units
Year 2, Winter

TOX 298
2 units
TOX 299
10 units
Year 2, Spring

TOX 298
2 units
TOX 299
10 units

TOX 206A,B Target Organ Toxicology
TOX 264 Environmental Health Sciences I
TOX 298 Environmental Toxicology Seminar
TOX 299 Research Problems
EPIDEM 200 Principles of Epidemiology
PUBHLTH 207 Public Health Statistics

Plan II — Advancement to Candidacy, Advising, and Sample Program »

ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY - PLAN II:

The master’s student in Plan II is required to write a scholarly paper based on individual study the student has done under faculty supervision. The student also must pass a written comprehensive examination based on the required course work. After completion of the examination, the student can advance to candidacy for the Master of Science degree. The student must advance to candidacy no later than one quarter before the quarter in which the degree is expected to be awarded.


ADVISING - PLAN II:

The first-year student in Plan II is expected to become involved in individual study of a specialty area in environmental health sciences at the earliest possible time, usually in the first quarter of the program. The student works under the supervision of a faculty member, who is generally also their first year advisor, and is given credit for this work under the course TOX 290, Independent Study in Environmental Toxicology. The product of this independent study is the scholarly paper. The comprehensive examination is always held at the beginning of summer quarter.


SAMPLE PROGRAM FOR MASTER'S STUDENT - PLAN II:

Year 1, Fall TOX 206A
6 units  
EPIDEM 200
4 units  
TOX 298
2 units  
  
Year 1, Winter  
TOX 206B
6 units  
PUBHLTH 207
4 units  
TOX 298
2 units  
TOX 264
4 units 
Year 1, Spring Elective
4 units
Elective
4 units
TOX 290
2 units
TOX 298
2 units  
Year 2, Summer
Comprehensive
Exam 
    TOX 290
6 units



TOX 206A,B Target Organ Toxicology
TOX 264 Environmental Health Sciences I
TOX 298 Environmental Toxicology Seminar
TOX 290 Independent Study in Environmental Toxicology
EPIDEM 200 Principles of Epidemiology
PUBHLTH 207 Public Health Statistics