Department of Environmental Health Sciences


The mission of the Department of Environmental Health Science is to train its graduates to recognize the public health implications of environmental and occupational factors. We study the factors responsible for influencing mortality and morbidity trends in human populations. The department offers an M.P.H. in Environmental Health Sciences.

History and Activities

The Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) master’s program at Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) began in 2006. Since then it has grown as a discipline increasing both its faculty and student population (the latter increased three-fold since 2006).

The environmental health master’s students and faculty are also engaged in community-based service across the rural southeast Georgia, as well through curriculum expectations (i.e., field trips, practicum/internship experiences). As part of the environmental health science department, you will be immersed in the following:

  • Working on community-based environmental issues with underserved populations
  • Empowering rural communities to improve the health of their environment through service learning
  • Tools that engage you in translational research through practical training
  • Exploring environmental justice issues in communities through curriculum and practice
  • Faculty with a strong work ethic and commitment to program quality and rigor who prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership and service
  • Good collaborative relationships with associated disciplines on GSU campus

Students, faculty and staff engaging with or wish to engage the Department of EHS will find a dedication to rigorous evidence-based science, collaboration and a strong commitment of a service learning approach to instruction. Students will also gain valuable insight into the problems faced by communities and community-based interventions that will result in improved problem solving, knowledge, skills and practices through the use of ongoing group training and experiential learning activities to ensure continuous growth of a competent local public health workforce.

The Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Department of Environmental Health Sciences • PO Box 8015 • (912) 478-2674 •