Graduate Division

Environmental Health Sciences Ph.D.

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  • We focus on investigating how exposures to chemicals and other aspects of our environment impact human health.
  • We offer Ph.D. degrees in two tracks:
    • Environmental Toxicology – students in this track conduct laboratory-based studies on the mechanisms of chemical toxicity and the molecular pathology of tissue injury.
    • Exposure Sciences and Environmental Epidemiology – students in this track conduct research on the measurement of and modeling of human exposures to environmental pollutants and other potential hazards and examine associations of those exposures with health and disease outcomes.
  • We also offer an M.S. in Environmental Health Sciences.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • We are an interschool and interdepartmental program with faculty members in the School of Medicine, Program in Public Health, School of Engineering, and School of Biological Sciences.
  • Our program is integrative – students in both Ph.D. tracks and the M.S. program take courses in exposure science, toxicology, epidemiology and statistics. This broad grounding in environmental health sciences prepares our students to understand the variety of methods and perspectives that can be applied to environmental health research problems.
  • We are interdisciplinary and collaborative. Ph.D. students and faculty in both tracks collaborate with one another and with researchers across the university and at other institutions around the world.
  • Our students and faculty are conducting research on:
    • Effects of particulate matter air pollution on the cardiovascular system, nervous system, reproductive system, pregnancy outcomes, and cancer.
    • How ionizing radiation for brain tumor therapy on earth or from galactic cosmic rays in space adversely affects cognition and ovarian function and protective countermeasures that could prevent these effects
    • Potentiating effects of copper in drinking water on Alzheimer’s disease progression
    • Estimation of individual exposures and health effects in communities with drinking water contaminated with perchloroethylene or perfluorooctanoate
    • how swimming in the ocean affects the skin microbiome.
  • The EHS Graduate Program is a participant in UC Irvine's NIH-funded GPS-BIOMED program for graduate students and postdocs in the biomedical sciences. GPS-BIOMED is designed to better prepare trainees for a variety of careers in the biomedical research workforce.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Doctoral Program

Normative Time to Degree

5 years

Capstone Type


Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

General requirements for admission to graduate study are given in the UCI General Catalogue in the section "Research and Graduate Studies"  The catalogue is on-line and can be read at:

Information about applying to UC Irvine Graduate Programs is also available on the Graduate Division website:

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements set by the Graduate Division, applicants must be admitted by an Admissions Committee composed of faculty members of the graduate program. Candidates will be selected on the basis of a balanced evaluation of the following criteria, with no one factor having more influence  (1) prior scholastic performance, including a consideration of grades, course load, nature of courses taken, and college attended; (2) recommendations by professors and others; (3) scores for the general Graduate Record Examination test (GRE); (4) an interview by members of the Admissions Committee and other faculty members, when feasible; and (5) experience in undergraduate research.

Undergraduate preparation of applicants should include one year of biology (one quarter of molecular biology or biochemistry is strongly recommended) one year of mathematics (calculus and/or statistics), and one year of chemistry (one year of organic chemistry is strongly recommended for environmental toxicology track). Outstanding applicants who lack one or two of these prerequisites may be given an opportunity to take the required course(s) either before admission or during the first year in the graduate program; in such circumstances, none of these required undergraduate courses may be used to satisfy the program elective or core course requirements. Upper-division or graduate science courses may be considered as substitutes for the above prerequisites by the Admissions Committee.

In cases where students with deficiencies in certain areas are admitted into the graduate program, those deficiencies will be made up during the first year of residence in the program. The student will be notified of any apparent deficiency at the time of acceptance into the graduate program.

Financial Support

Most Ph.D. students at UCI are supported by a combination of fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships and faculty training grants. Because student funding is coordinated at the departmental level, be sure to ask your department about your options.

The Graduate Division also offers an array of financial support resources, such as fellowship competitions open to incoming and current UCI students, and funding workshops and writing tutors available through the Graduate Resource Center.

For information on funding opportunities for international graduate students, read more here.

Click here to access the associated nomination and application deadlines for various fellowship opportunities.

Click here for a summary of funding eligibility for UCI graduate students who meet AB540 and/or DACA criteria.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Dean B. Baker, M.D. University of California, San Diego, Professor Emeritus of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences; Program in Public Health

Scott Bartell, Ph.D. University of California, Davis, Associate Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences; Social Ecology; Statistics

Bruce Blumberg, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Professor of Developmental and Cell Biology; Biomedical Engineering; Environmental Health Sciences; Pharmaceutical Sciences (gene regulation by nuclear hormone receptors in vertebrate development physiology, endocrine disruption)

Stephen C. Bondy, Ph.D. University of Birmingham, Professor of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences; Pharmacology; Program in Public Health

Vincent J. Caiozzo, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Professor in Residence of Orthopaedic Surgery; Environmental Health Sciences; Physiology and Biophysics

Jefferson Chan, Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences

Bongkyoo Choi, Sc.D. University of Massachusetts, Assistant Professor of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences; Program in Public Health

Derek Dunn-Rankin, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Department Chair and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Environmental Health Sciences (combustion, optical particle sizing, particle aero-dynamics, laser diagnostics and spectroscopy)

Rufus D. Edwards, Ph.D. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology

C. Sunny Jiang, Ph.D. University of South Florida, Department Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Environmental Health Sciences (water pollution microbiology, environmental biotechnology, aquatic microbial ecology)

Virginia Kimonis, M.B.B.S., D.C.H., M.R.C.P. University of Southampton, Professor of Pediatrics; Environmental Health Sciences; Genetic Counseling

Masashi Kitazawa, Ph.D. Iowa State University, Associate Professor of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences (impact of neuroinflammation on the molecular pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease and how aging and/or environmental exposure perturb physiological functions of astrocytes and microglia and disrupt inflammatory microenvironment in the brain)

Michael T. Kleinman, Ph.D. New York University, Adjunct Professor of Community & Environ Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences; Program in Public Health

Charles E. Lambert, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Assistant Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health Sciences

Charles L. Limoli, Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, Professor of Radiation Oncology; Environmental Health Sciences

Ulrike Luderer, M.D., Ph.D. Northwestern University, Director of the Environmental Health Sciences Graduate Program and Professor of Medicine; Developmental and Cell Biology; Environmental Health Sciences; Program in Public Health (reproductive toxicology, developmental toxicology, developmental basis of ovarian toxicity, ovarian cancer)

Oladele A. Ogunseitan, Ph.D. University of Tennessee, Department Chair and Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences

Kathryn Osann, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Adjunct Professor of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences

Robert F. Phalen, Ph.D. University of Rochester, Professor of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences

John L. Redpath, Ph.D. University of Newcastle, Professor Emeritus of Radiation Oncology; Environmental Health Sciences

Ronald C. Shank, Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Emeritus of Medicine; Environmental Health Sciences

Veronica M. Vieira, D.Sc. Boston University, Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences

Jun Wu, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, Associate Professor of Program in Public Health; Environmental Health Sciences

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