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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 department or home unit," can apply to the Collaborative Specialization 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 health implications of human impacts on the environment cover a very broad range of issues including air and water quality, contaminated land, extreme weather events 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 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 Collaborative Specialization, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Environment and Health” on their transcript and an official parchment from the School of Graduate Studies.

Contact and Address

Web: www.environment.utoronto.ca/graduate
Email: grad.director.env@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 department or home unit. Information about applying to a home 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 department. Applicants should contact the home department 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 the EH Collaborative Specialization beyond the deadline set by their home department, 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 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. 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 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 EH Collaborative Specialization requirements by each participating degree program for master's students in the coursework option, please visit the School of the Environment 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 EH Collaborative Specialization requirements by each participating degree program for master's students in the coursework option, please visit the School of the Environment 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 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 department or home unit. Information about applying to a home 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 department. 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 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. 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. 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. 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 EH Collaborative Specialization requirements by each participating degree program for doctoral students, please visit the School of the Environment 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. With the exception of the core course, not all courses are offered every year. For a current graduate course listing, please refer to the School of the Environment 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
​Special Topics in Environment

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
JPG 1421H
Health in Urban Environments​

Pharmacology and Toxicology

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

Public Health Sciences

CHL 5112H
Community Development in Health
​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 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