Ecotoxicology & Environmental Health

The EEH program focuses on understanding how pollutants affect the health of people and ecosystems. We take a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates toxicology, environmental chemistry, risk assessment, and ecology to assess the fate, effects, and risks of pollutants in natural ecosystems and human populations. EEH is one of eight available concentrations in the two-year residential Master of Environmental Management (MEM) program


Our program provides students with a strong scientific basis to understand the complex linkages among environmental processes, chemical stressors, and ecological and human health. Students enjoy a small class size and low student-faculty ratio as they gain the knowledge and skills to apply risk assessment frameworks and address pollution-related ecological and human health problems.


Your faculty advisor will help you select a curriculum track and area of specialization based on your interests, experience, and goals. You’ll gain knowledge of historical and current environmental health problems at regional and global scales, as well as practical skills applying the quantitative tools used in risk evaluation and management. You can choose from courses across Duke and at our partner institutions.


The Nicholas School’s dedicated Career Center has helped our graduates find positions in environmental consulting and risk assessment, government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, public health departments, and non-profit organizations such as the Environmental Defense Fund. 


Find out if our program is right for you. Feel free to contact us with questions:
•  Participating Faculty
•  Full Program Description
•  Prerequisites & Required Courses
•  How to Apply


Welcome to the family! Here are some resources to get you started:
•  Before You Arrive
•  Student Advising
•  Curriculum Planning Spreadsheet
•  Master’s Projects

Course Planning Worksheets

•  For incoming students Fall 2017 >
•  For incoming students Fall 2016 >
•  For incoming students Fall 2015 >
•  For incoming students Fall 2014 >

For more information, contact Program Chair Heather Stapleton at (919) 613-8717.


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“Understanding environmental problems inevitably requires an understanding of the role of human behavior in degrading the environment and responding to policy approaches to protect and improve our natural world. The EEP program provides rigorous training in economics, politics, law and policy that prepares students to work in a variety of exciting settings for solving perplexing environmental challenges.”

Randall Kramer
EEH Program Chair
Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Global Environmental Health
Interim Director, Duke Global Health Institute
(919) 613-8072