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Environment and Health

Environment and Health: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty of the Collaborative Specialization

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
Forest Conservation — MFC
Forestry — MScF, 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 Collaborative Specialization in Environment and Health (CSEH), which is offered through the School of the Environment. 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.

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. The CSEH exposes students in the health sciences to broader environmental perspectives on related health issues, while students in environmental studies and sciences can 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.

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.

Contact and Address

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

Collaborative Specialization in Environment and Health
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 CSEH 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 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 who are planning to enrol in the CSEH are strongly encouraged to submit copies of the documents outlined on the School of the Environment's website 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 will be able to 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 requirements for each participating degree program are listed on the School of the Environment's 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 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.

Note: For a complete and most up-to-date list of the CSEH requirements by each participating degree program for master's students in the coursework option, please visit the School of the Environment's website and click on the home graduate unit or degree program.

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.

Note: For a complete and most up-to-date list of the CSEH requirements by each participating degree program for master's students in the coursework option, please visit the School of the Environment's website and click on the home graduate unit or degree program.

Environment and Health: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • Students who wish to enrol in the CSEH 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 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 School of the Environment's website 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 will be able to 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. 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. Specific CSEH requirements for each participating degree program are listed on the School of the Environment's 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. 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.

Note: For a complete and most up-to-date list of CSEH requirements by each participating degree program for doctoral students, please visit the School of the Environment's website and click on the home graduate unit or degree program.

Environment and Health: Courses

The School of the Environment offers individual credit courses that are open to graduate students from all units of the University, subject to enrolment limits. Except for the core course, ENV 4001H, not all courses are offered every year. Graduate students enrolled in the CSEH are also allowed to take electives listed for the School’s Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies (CSES) to fulfil the specialization requirements. For a current graduate course listing, please refer to the School of the Environment's website.

Core Course

​ENV 4001H
Graduate Seminars in Environment and Health​

Elective Courses

ENV 1703H
Water Resources Management and Policy
​ENV 1704H
​Environmental Risk Analysis and Management
ENV 3000H,Y
​Topics in Environment and Health

Elective Joint Courses with the School of the Environment

JGE 1425H
Livelihoods, Poverty, and Environment in the Developing Countries
JNC 2503H
Environmental Pathways
JNP 1014Y
Interdisciplinary Toxicology
JNP 1016H
Graduate Seminar in Toxicology

Other Elective Courses

Adult Education and Community Development (Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education)

LHA 1197H
The Pedagogy of Food

Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry

CHE 1435H
Fundamentals of Aerosol Physics and Chemistry
​CH​E 2504H
Environmental Pollution Prevention
JNC 2503H
Environmental Pathways

Chemistry

CHM 1401H
Transport and Fate of Chemical Species in the Environment
​CHM 1410H
Analytical Environmental Chemistry
CHM 1415H
Atmospheric Chemistry
CHM 1420H
Environmental Chemistry of Soil
CHM 1425H
Modelling the Fate of Organic Chemicals in the Environment

Civil and Mineral Engineering

CIV 1399H
Special Studies in Civil Engineering (this course will be allowed as an elective provided it has environment and health content)

Earth Sciences

ESS 1463H
Contaminants in the Environment

Forestry

FOR 1575H
Urban Forest Conservation

Geography and Planning

JGE 1425H
Livelihoods, Poverty, and Environment in the Developing Countries
​JPG 1402H
Environment and Development
JPG 1403H
Political Ecology of African Environments

Pharmacology and Toxicology

JNP 1014Y
Interdisciplinary Toxicology
​JNP 1016H
Graduate Seminar in Toxicology

Public Health Sciences

​CH​L 5126H​
Building Community Resilience (online course)
CHL 5413H
Public Health Sanitation
​CH​L 5416H​
​Environmental Epidemiology
CHL 5809H
Ecological Public Health
​CHL 5903H
​Environmental Health
CHL 5910H
Occupational and Environmental Hygiene I
CHL 5911H
Occupational and Environmental Hygiene II
CHL 5921H Protecting the Public from Air Pollution
CHL 7001H
Directed Reading
CHL 8001H
Selected Topics in Public Health Issues (this course will be allowed as an elective provided it has environmental studies content)

Social Justice Education

SJE 1909H
Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice 1
​SJ​E 1919H
Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice 2
SJE 2999H
Special Topics in Sociological Research in Education