Environmental Health


This certificate provides students with an understanding of the interrelationships between humans and their environment and the tools necessary for addressing environmental threats to health. Enrollment is expected from graduate students in multiple disciplines and professionals who work in related fields. Benefits include providing needed professional training for appropriately addressing community environmental health challenges. This certificate program will help to build one of the major initiatives at USF in Sustainable Healthy Communities.

Course location/delivery

This certificate is offered at the Tampa campus and partially online.

Admission requirements

The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree in a science-based field (e.g. life science, natural science, engineering, social science) with a minimum 3.0 GPA from a regionally accredited institution. International applicants must provide original transcripts certified as equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


One course each in college-level chemistry and college-level calculus.


12 credit hours.

PHC 6301 Water Pollution and Treatment (3)
PHC 6303 Community Air Pollution (3)
PHC 6310 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology (3)


Choose three credits from below.

PHC 6305 Environmental Analytical Lab (3)
PHC 6312 Environmental Fate of Chemical Releases (3)
PHC 6313 Indoor Environmental Quality (3)
PHC 6353 Environmental Risk Assessment (2)
PHC 6422 Environmental Health Law (2)
PHC 6930 Public Health Seminar, ERIC (1)
PHC 6934 & PHC 7935 Environmental Health Special Topics Courses, by approval; e.g. Environmental Health Chemistry (3), Environmental Epidemiology (3), Environmental Modeling (3)

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is three years.

Credit toward graduate degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval

Standardized tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


Amy L. Stuart, Ph.D.
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Nolan Kimball, M.A.
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Pre-Admissions Advising - Public Health
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Graduate Certificate
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