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Environment and Health

Environment and Health: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

Arts and Science

Participating Degree Programs

Adult Education and Community Development—MA, MEd, PhD
Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry—MASc, MEng, PhD
Community Health—MScCH
Environmental Science—MEnvSc, PhD
Geography—MA, MSc, PhD
Medical Science—MSc, PhD
Planning—MScPl, PhD
Public Health Sciences—MPH, PhD
Women and Gender Studies—MA, PhD

Overview

The graduate degree programs listed above participate in the Environment and Health (EH) Collaborative Specialization, which is offered through the School of the Environment. Graduate students admitted to a participating graduate degree program in the respective degree-granting unit, also called the home graduate unit, can apply to the Collaborative Specialization and pursue coursework and research in environment and health areas. The School of the Environment currently has graduate students from across the disciplinary spectrum.

The health implications of human impacts on the environment cover a very broad range of issues including air and water quality, contaminated land, and shifts in the distribution of vector-borne diseases (related to changes in land use, climate, and human migration). The EH Collaborative Specialization provides students in the health sciences with a broad environmental perspective while at the same time exposes environmental studies students to the health implications of environmental quality. This program may also be of interest to students who are concerned with sociological and policy approaches to the field of environment and health.

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home graduate unit and the Collaborative Specialization, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Environment and Health” on their transcript and official parchment from the School of Graduate Studies.

Contact and Address

Web: www.environment.utoronto.ca/graduate
Email: grad.director.env@utoronto.ca or pavel.pripa@utoronto.ca or grad.office.env@utoronto.ca 
Telephone: (416) 978-3475
Fax: (416) 978-3884

Environment and Health (EH) Collaborative Specialization
School of the Environment, Earth Sciences Centre
University of Toronto
Room 1016V, 33 Willcocks Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E8
Canada

Environment and Health: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Students who wish to enrol in the EH Collaborative Specialization offered by the School of the Environment must first apply to and be accepted into a master's program in a degree-granting unit, also called a home graduate unit. Information about applying to a home graduate unit can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website and on the respective degree-granting unit's website.

  • Prospective students who are planning to enrol in the EH Collaborative Specialization are strongly encouraged to submit copies of the documents indicated on the School of the Environment website by the application deadline established by the degree program admission committee in the respective home graduate unit. Applicants should contact the home unit to which they intend to apply in order to confirm its application deadline. The School of the Environment also allows potential students to enrol in its EH Collaborative Specialization beyond the deadline set by their home unit, provided that students will be able to complete the EH Collaborative 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 the master's degree program requirements of the student’s respective home graduate unit and are normally counted as electives toward the degree program requirements of the student’s home graduate 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 programs. Specific Collaborative Specialization requirements for each participating degree program are listed on the School of the Environment website under the Environment and Health Collaborative Specialization

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 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 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.

Environment and Health: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Students who wish to enrol in the EH Collaborative Specialization offered by the School of the Environment must first apply to and be accepted into a doctoral program in a degree-granting unit, also called a home graduate unit. Information about applying to a home graduate unit can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website and on the respective degree-granting unit's website.

  • Prospective students who are planning to enrol in the EH Collaborative Specialization are strongly encouraged to submit copies of the documents indicated on the School of the Environment website by the application deadline established by the degree program admission committee in the respective home graduate unit. Applicants should contact the home unit to which they intend to apply in order to confirm its application deadline. The School of the Environment also allows potential students to enrol in its EH Collaborative Specialization beyond the deadline set by their home unit, provided that students will be able to complete the EH Collaborative 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 the PhD degree program requirements of the student’s respective home graduate unit and 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 programs. Specific Collaborative Specialization requirements for each participating degree program are listed on the School of the Environment website under the Environment and Health Collaborative Specialization.

  • 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.

  • Present a seminar either in the Environment and Health Seminar Series or at the School of the Environment's Research Day.

  • Complete a thesis on a theme in environment and health. 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. 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 graduate 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.

Environment and Health: Courses

The School of the Environment offers individual credit courses that are open to graduate students from all parts of the University, subject to enrolment limits. With the exception of the core course, not all courses are offered every year. Graduate students enrolled in the Environment and Health Collaborative Specialization are also allowed to take Environmental Studies Collaborative Specialization elective courses towards completing their Environment and Health requirements. For a current graduate course listing, please refer to the School of the Environment website.

Core Course

​ENV 4001H
Graduate S​emina​rs in Environment and Health​

Elective Courses

ENV 1703H Water Resources Management and Policy
​ENV 1704H ​Environmental Risk Analysis and Management
​ENV 4002H ​Environment and Health of Vulnerable Populations

Elective Joint Courses With the School of the Environment

JNC 2503H Environmental Pathways
JNP 1014Y Interdisciplinary Toxicology
JNP 1016H Graduate Seminar in Toxicology

Other Electives

CHL 5112H Community Development in Health
​CH​L 5126H​ Building Community Resilience (online course)
CHL 5413H Public Health Sanitation
​CH​L 5416H​
​Environmental E​pidemiology
​CHL 5903H
​Environmental Health
CHL 5910H Occupational and Environmental Hygiene I
CHL 5911H Occupational and Environmental Hygiene II
CHL 5916H Environmental Health Policy
CHL 7001H Directed Reading
CHL 8001H Selected Topics in Public Health Issues
CIV 1399H Special Studies in Civil Engineering
ESS 1463H Contaminants in the Environment
​JPG 1421H
Health in Urban Environments​
​LHA 1837H
​Environmental Health, Transformative Higher Education, and Policy Change: Education Toward Social and Eco​system Healing​
LHA 1197H The Pedagogy of Food