Environmental Health Sciences

University of California, Berkeley


Academic degree programs in the Graduate Group in Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) are recommended for individuals with clear research orientations who wish to complete work of an interdisciplinary nature. Applicants may apply to the MS program, the PhD program, or the joint MS/PhD program. EHS is administered within the Division of Environmental Health and the School of Public Health. Although students receive their academic degrees from the graduate group (under the jurisdiction of the Graduate Division of the UC Berkeley campus), students are also affiliated with and apply to the School of Public Health.

Much of the work at the Environmental Health Sciences Division is focused on the study of human populations exposed to chemical or biological agents in either the community or occupational environments. Faculty in the group are closely involved with epidemiological studies, often developing biological markers that can serve as indicators of human exposure before full-blown disease results. Many of these studies are done in collaboration with other first-rank research institutions in the U.S. and around the world. Collaborative research opportunities also exist with world-renowned exposure assessment groups in the College of Engineering at Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program in Environmental Health Sciences.

Graduate Programs

Environmental Health Sciences: MS, MS/PhD, PhD

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Faculty and Instructors


John R. Balmes, Professor in Residence.

S. Katharine Hammond, Professor. Public health, environmental health sciences.
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Michael L. B. Jerrett, Professor.

Catherine Koshland, Professor. Air pollution, metals, energy, resources, environmental human health, mechanistic analyses of combustion products in flow reactors, control strategies in urban airsheds, pollutant formation, chlorinated hydrocarbons, particulates, industrial ecology.
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Martyn T. Smith, Professor. Cancer, genomics, toxicology, molecular epidemiology, exposome.
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Kirk R. Smith, Professor. Climate change, public health, air pollution, environmental health science, global health, household energy.
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Contact Information

Graduate Group in Environmental Health Sciences

760 University Hall

Fax: 510-642-5815

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Division and Graduate Group Chair

Ellen Eisen, ScD

Phone: 510-643-5310


Program Coordinator

Norma Firestone

Phone: 510-643-5160


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