Environment & Health

The Collaborative Specialization in Environment and Health (CSEH) exposes students in the health sciences to broader environmental perspectives on related health issues, while students in environmental studies and sciences have the opportunity to gain insight about the health implications of environmental quality. This specialization may also be of interest to students who are concerned with ethical, pedagogical, and policy approaches to understanding and addressing environment and health issues.

The study of environment and health recognizes that human health is fundamentally dependent on a healthy environment. With a focus on understanding the human health implications of chemical, biological, and physical hazards in our environment, it encompasses topics such as the health impacts of air and water quality, climate change, contaminated lands and urban design, and the need for interdisciplinary approaches to address them.

Graduate students admitted to a participating graduate degree program in a degree-granting unit, also called the home department or home unit, can apply to the CSEH and pursue coursework and research in areas related to environment and health. The School of the Environment currently has graduate students from across the disciplinary spectrum.

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home department and the CSEH, students will receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Environment and Health” on their transcript.

Below you will find an up-to-date list of CSEH requirements by each participating degree program for master’s students in the coursework and thesis options, as well as doctoral degree students.

Graduate students from home departments not listed below can apply to enroll and pursue our CSEH under a special ad hoc agreement. For more details on this matter, please contact the Program Assistant & Graduate Student Advisor at the School of the Environment.

Admission Requirements
 

  • To enrol in the CSEH offered by the School of the Environment students must first apply to and be accepted into a master’s program in a degree-granting unit, also called a home department or home unit. Information about applying to a home unit can be found on the School of Graduate Studies’ website as well as on the respective websites of participating degree-granting units.
     
  • Prospective students planning to enrol in the CSEH are strongly encouraged to submit copies of the documents outlined on the How to Apply page by the application deadline established by the degree program admission committee in the home department.
     
  • Applicants should confirm the application deadline with the home department they are interested in applying to, as this can vary between units.
     
  • The School of the Environment also allows potential students to enrol in the CSEH beyond the deadline set by their home department, provided that students can complete the specialization requirements by the time they are ready to graduate from their degree program.

 

Specialization Requirements
 

The requirements listed below must be completed in combination with that expected for the master’s degree program requirements of the home department. These are normally counted as electives toward the degree program requirements of the student’s home unit. Typically, students complete up to 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) and conduct research on an environment and health topic.

Please note that requirements in some participating programs vary slightly. Therefore, students are encouraged to check the calendar entries of their respective home department programs. The CSEH specific requirements can also be found in the Participating Degree Programs section.

Master’s Degree Coursework Option

  • Complete the mandatory core course ENV 4001H (0.5 FCE).
  • Complete one elective course (0.5 FCE) from the School’s list of approved electives below.
  • For coursework degree programs that require a research project in their home department, the topic should be within the field of environment and health, as approved by the home department and the School of the Environment. A copy of the final research project must be submitted to the School of the Environment prior to graduation.

Master’s Degree Thesis Option

  • Complete the mandatory core course ENV 4001H (0.5 FCE).
  • Complete one elective course (0.5 FCE) from the School’s list of approved electives below.
  • For degree programs that require a thesis in their home graduate unit, the topic should be within the field of environment and health, as approved by the home unit and the School of the Environment. A copy of the final thesis must be submitted to the School of the Environment prior to graduation.

Admission Requirements

 

  • To enrol in the CSEH offered by the School of the Environment students must first apply to and be accepted into a doctoral program in a degree-granting unit, also called a home department or home unit. Information about applying to a home unit can be found on the School of Graduate Studies’ website as well as on the respective websites of participating degree-granting units.
     
  • Prospective students are strongly encouraged to submit copies of the documents indicated on the How to Apply page  by the application deadline established by the degree program admission committee in the home department.
     
  • Applicants should confirm the application deadlines of their intended home units, as these can vary between units.
     
  • The School of the Environment also allows potential students to enrol in the CSEH beyond the deadline set by their home unit, provided that students can complete the requirements of the specialization by the time they are ready to graduate from their degree program.

 

Specialization Requirements

 

The requirements listed below must be completed in combination with the PhD degree program requirements of the student’s home unit. These are normally counted as electives toward the degree program requirements of the student’s home unit. Typically, students complete up to 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) and conduct research on an environment and health topic.

Requirements in some participating programs vary slightly. Therefore, students are encouraged to check the calendar entries of their respective home department programs. The CSEH specific requirements can also be found in the Participating Degree Programs section.

  • Complete the mandatory core course ENV 4001H (0.5 FCE), unless already completed at the master’s level.
     
  • Complete one elective course (0.5 FCE) from the School’s list of approved courses.
     
  • Give an oral presentation of their doctoral research as part of the School’s Environment and Health Seminar Series or Research Day, which is held once per year. For the latter, the oral presentation may or may not be done in conjunction with a summary poster, depending on the decided format of the School’s Research Day in any given year.
     
  • Complete a thesis on a theme in environment and health. It is recommended that the thesis committee membership will include a supervisor (from the student’s home unit who is a member of the core faculty of the Collaborative Specialization and a member of the graduate faculty in the School of the Environment) and at least one other member from a collaborating unit. If the student’s primary thesis supervisor does not hold a graduate faculty membership (GFM) at the School of the Environment, the School’s Director will initiate the process of assigning a GFM to the primary supervisor.
     
  • A copy of the final thesis must be submitted to the School of the Environment prior to graduation.

 

*Additional courses may be required by the home unit and/or by the supervisor or supervisory committee, depending on academic and/or career goals of the student, as well as departmental regulations.

*A supervisor or supervisory committee may be appointed for each student by the home department and the School of the Environment.