Toxicology

Director: Greg A. Freyer, PhD.

Environmental Health Sciences investigates how environmental exposures to biological, chemical, and physical agents affect human health and disease. For students interested in intensive scientific training in these areas, the Department of Environmental Health Sciences offers the Master’s of Science degree with a track in Toxicology.

The curriculum is designed to provide students with expertise in understanding and communicating the effects of exposure to environmental toxins. Graduates of this program will be well qualified for careers dealing with toxicology and environmental regulation in government or nongovernmental agencies, in universities or research institutions, and in industry. Coursework in the Toxicology Track includes classes in environmental health, toxicology, risk assessment, and industrial and environmental hygiene. Students engage in Master’s level research, undertake a practicum to develop experience in the field, and have the option to qualify for several Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) training certificates from the U.S. Department of Labor as a part of this program.

Educational Goals

The Department’s Toxicology MS degree program will:

  • Provide students with a foundation for interpreting the adverse human health effects associated with exposure to environmental toxicants.

  • Prepare graduates for careers in governmental regulatory agencies such as EPA, FDA, CDC, and OSHA, as well as non-profit organizations and private sector companies involved in environmental management and/or work with hazardous waste. 

  • Give students the skills to assess risks associated with exposure and to devise methods for minimizing exposure and designing processes for remediation.

  • Equip students with research experience through a Master’s thesis and workplace experience during a Practicum.

  • Offer Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Certification.

Requirements

The Toxicology track is designed to be completed in 12 months but can accommodate part-time students, who may take up to three years to complete the Master's program.

Students in this program will complete:

  • At least 36 credits of coursework

  • A three-month Practicum (150-300 hrs)

  • A Master’s research thesis

Course Work

Required Courses (36 Credits):

*Introduction to Public Health - Programming
 
P6300 Environmental Health Sciences Core
P6360 Analysis of Environmental Health Data
P6370 Journal Club in Molecular Epidemiology and Toxicology
P8306 Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
P8307 Molecular Epidemiology
P8308 Molecular Toxicology
P8312 Principles of Toxicology
P8313 Toxicokinetics
P8320 Applied Environmental and Industrial Hygiene
P8321 Introduction to Data Science for Environmental Health
P8323 Laboratory Methods in Environmental Health Science
P8325 Risk Assessment, Communication, and Management
P8334 Computational Toxicology
P9303 Applied Environmental Public Health Science
P9361 Master's Essay Research I

 
Program Requirements*​

FALL (16.5 Credits)

P8308 Molecular Toxicology
P8312 Principles of Toxicology  
P6300 Environmental Health Sciences
P8307 Molecular Epidemiology
P8306 Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
P8325 Risk Assessment, Communication, and Management


SPRING (15 Credits)

P8320 Applied Environmental and Industrial Hygiene
P8323 Laboratory Methods in Environmental Health Sciences
P8321 Introduction to Data Science for Environmental Health
P6360 Analysis of Environmental Health Data
P6370 Journal Club in Molecular Epidemiology and Toxicology
P8313 Toxicokinetics
P8334 Computational Toxicology

SUMMER (4.5 Credits)

P9303 - Applied Environmental Public Health Science
P9361 - Master's Essay Research I
 
*This program can be completed on a part-time basis.
  For more information, please contact Nina Kulacki.

Contact

Nina Kulacki, MBA
Director of Academic Programs
Columbia University
njk2128@cumc.columbia.edu
(212) 305-3466

More information on this program.