Environmental Health Sciences (MIEH)

Graduate Degree Program
College: School of Public Health


The MPH program within the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, School of Public Health, prepares graduates to work in public health service as practitioners, researchers, administrators, and consultants. The mission of the MPH program with a concentration in Environmental Health Sciences is to promote the development of professional practitioners and researchers in environmental health who understand the science, theory and practice of public and environmental health, and can apply this knowledge toward the detection, management, and prevention of environmental health problems. There is a significant focus on health outcomes in populations of high vulnerability or those that are underserved, including those experiencing environmental injustice due to poverty or race. See our website for more information.


Rianna T. Murray, PhD, MPH
Director of Graduate Studies
Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health
2234G School of Public Health Building
4200 Valley Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Email: rmurray@umd.edu

Maurice Rocque 
Assistant Director, Finance and Administration
2234T School of Public Health Building
4200 Valley Drive
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.5509
Fax: 301.314.1012
Email: mrocque@umd.edu

Website: http://sph.umd.edu/department/miaeh
Courses: MIEH SPHL
Relationships: Behavioral and Community Health (BCHL)Behavioral and Community Health (MBCH), Biostatistics (BIOS)Epidemiology (EPDM)Epidemiology (EPID)Health Administration (HLSA), Maternal and Child Health (MCHS), Toxicology (TOXI)

The MPH in Environmental Health Sciences program has a two-part application process: applicants must submit the SOPHAS application (www.sophas.org), the centralized application service for schools and programs of public health, and the UMD Supplemental application. Both applications must be submitted and verified by the scheduled deadline. Applications will be reviewed when the SOPHAS and the UMD Supplemental applications are completed.


  • A Bachelor's degree 
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Transcripts from all previous coursework
  • At least one undergraduate math course
  • English proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) (international applicants)
  • Statement of purpose and objectives including career and educational goals, professional experience,  areas of interest, and faculty you are interested in working with


  • SOPHAS application & UMD Supplemental application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official GRE test scores submission is optional*
  • Fit between applicant's goals and expectations and program degree competencies
  • A writing sample is optional, such as a published manuscript, undergraduate or graduate thesis, or research paper. If you submit a published manuscript and you are not the first author, describe the contributions you made to the publication
  • Applicants being considered for the program will be invited for a virtual interview via Zoom
    The review committee will evaluate GRE scores if they are submitted. The lack of scores will not impact applications. If submitted, the program considers competitive scores to be 50th percentile or higher in each of the three parts.

    Note: course work in environmental health or science, or public health/public policy, or biological/chemical sciences, or biochemistry, or biotechnology, or engineering, or geography/geology, or math, or biostatistics or epidemiology, or medical sciences, or anthropology, preferred.

Applicants with foreign credentials:

  • The SOPHAS application requires that applicants submit a WES credential evaluation
  • The UMD supplemental application requires the upload of unofficial transcripts issued in the original language with a literal English translation. Visit the Graduate School website for additional information
  • Evidence of English Language proficiency is required if the applicant does not hold a degree from a U.S. institution or from one of the English-speaking countries listed on the Graduate School website
  • Language scores must be submitted both to SOPHAS and UMD supplemental application

  • MIEAH TOEFL scores requirements: 100 Overall score ( Speaking,  24;  Listening 25;  Reading 26; Writing 25)

For detailed instructions on how to submit your application, please visit the School of Public Health Website: (https://sph.umd.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/graduate-application-process)

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents April 5, 2024 N/A
The priority deadline for both SOPHAS and UMD applications is December 15, 2023
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants March 8, 2024 N/A
The priority deadline for both SOPHAS and UMD applications is December 15, 2023


Program Website: https://sph.umd.edu/academics/masters-degrees/mph-master-public-health/mph-environmental-health-sciences
Application Process: https://sph.umd.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/graduate-application-process
Admissions FAQ: https://sph.umd.edu/admissions/graduate-admissions/graduate-application-faqs


The proximity of the University of Maryland, College Park to the nation’s capital offers prospective students unparalleled opportunities for internships and research experiences in public health, including placements at the National Institutes of Health, the CDC Washington Office, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s National Medical Center, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and many other national, state, and local health agencies. The diversity of cultural and socioeconomic groups, communities, industries, and health organizations provides a rich environment for learning, research, public policy analysis, and service.

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Goldstein Rachel Elizabeth Full Member B.A., University of North Carolina, 2005; M.P.H., University of Maryland, 2010; Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2013 Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Milton Donald Full Member B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1976; MD, Johns Hopkins University, 1980; MOccH, Harvard University, 1985; DrPH, Harvard University, 1989. Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Payne-Sturges Devon Full Member B.S., University of Virginia, 1989; M.Engr., University of Virginia, 1990; M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University, 1997; Dr.P.H., Johns Hopkins University, 2002. Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Puett Robin Full Member B.A., Emory University, 1991; M.P.H., Emory University, 1997; Ph.D. (Epidemiology), University of South Carolina, 2004; Ph.D. (Environmental Health Sciences), University of South Carolina, 2004. Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Sapkota Amir Full Member Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2004 Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Sapkota Amy Rebecca Full Member B.S., University of Maryland-College Park, 1997; M.P.H., Yale University, 1999; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2005 Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Turner Paul C. Full Member B.S., University of Surrey, 1990; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 1995. Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Wilson Sacoby Full Member B.S., Alabama Agricultural University, 1998; M.S., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2000; Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2005 Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences