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 seven 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.

EEH students receive in-depth training in: 

• Ecological and human risk assessment
• Environmental exposure assessment
• Predicting pollutant fate and transport
• Understanding toxic modes of action
• Environmental epidemiology & health 
• Molecular and analytical tools for environmental health research 

Snapshot: Employment Profile for EEH Alumni

   • 100% of EEH graduates were hired within approximately 6 months of graduation.
   • 100% are in a job related to the environment.
   • Median salary range = $50,000-55,000


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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 Worksheet
•  Master’s Projects

Course Planning Worksheets

•  For incoming students Fall 2018 > 
•  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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“The health of our environment is intimately linked with human health. While advances in technology and land use have improved our day-to-day life in numerous ways, there are often unintended consequences that result in environmental contamination. Environmental health research has demonstrated that exposures to chemical pollutants can negatively affect both ecological and human health. However, it has been challenging to identify effective environmental management plans to prevent or remediate pollution. The EEH program encourages students to critically examine these very complex and intricate relationships between the environment and health to help identify potential risks and develop feasible solutions.”

Heather M. Stapleton
EEH Program Chair
Dan and Bunny Gabel Associate Professor of Environmental Ethics and Sustainable Environmental Management
(919) 613-8717