Toxicology

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Toxicology Overview

Director: Greg A. Freyer, PhD

Technological and scientific developments have been responsible for the creation of thousands of new compounds, many of which pose a threat to human health. The measurement and analysis of the harmful effects of chemical, biological, and physical agents on living organisms, particularly humans, defines the field of Toxicology.

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences offers the Master of Science degree with a track in Toxicology. This Master of Toxicology program provides students with expertise and training in environmental exposure, regulation, and mitigation. In addition to rigorous coursework in toxicology, students gain conceptual and methodological foundations in biostatistics and epidemiology.  Students learn critical thinking and analysis skills and gain valuable practical experience via a capstone course, practicum or internship, and their thesis research.  A semester-long laboratory course provides students with hands-on experience in current toxicological methods. In addition to full time academic faculty with internationally recognized expertise, several instructors are working professionals who bring real-world experience; enhancing the practical, career-oriented aspects of this Master's degree.

Program 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 course work (listed below)

  • A three month Practicum (150-300 hrs)

  • A Master’s Research thesis

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 mitigation and 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.

Careers

Graduates with a Master of Science degree in Toxicology are well qualified for careers in local and regional departments of health, federal agencies such as the EPA, FDA, CDC, academic Health and Safety Offices, private companies involved in environmental risk assessment and mitigation, non-governmental organizations, and careers in research and development in academia, medicine, industry, and the military.

Admissions

Requirements and submission instructions can be found here. 

Prerequisites: Applicants may have an undergraduate degree in any field, but need to have some coursework in biology. 

Application Deadline: The application for Fall, 2021 is still available. The deadline is July 1, 2021.

Application Components: 

  • College transcript(s)

  • GRE scores (Optional)

  • A personal statement

  • Three letters of reference

Course Work

Required Courses (36 Credits):

P6300 Environmental Health Sciences
P6360 Analysis of Environmental Health Data
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 Sciences
P8325 Risk Assessment, Communication, and Management
P9303 Applied Environmental Public Health Science (Online)
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
 
*Finalized listing of courses will be updated for Fall 2021.
*This program can be completed on a part-time basis.
  For more information, please contact Nina Kulacki.
 

Contact Us

Nina Kulacki, MBA
Director of Academic Programs
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Columbia University
(212) 305-3466

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