Environmental Sciences and Engineering
One-Year MSEE Program

Elizabeth Christenson tests water quality in eastern North Carolina as part of her research.

Created by the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, the innovative, one-year Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSEE) program provides students with the vital skills and training in air quality and sustainable water resources needed to solve today’s environmental engineering and public health problems.

As part of the nation’s number one public school of public health, we bring together the broad-based, multidisciplinary vision, skills and perspective that environmental engineering professionals require in today’s complex world.

Our one-year MSEE program goes beyond fundamental principles in air quality and sustainable water resources to include emerging developments locally and globally in environmental engineering.

Alum Seth Ebersviller and Elizabeth Naess examine samples by the smog chamber.

Alum Seth Ebersviller and Elizabeth Naess examine samples by the smog chamber.

The program includes:

  • experiential learning through a real-time simulation of humanitarian and environmental emergencies; and
  • courses taught by world-renowned faculty in a top ranked public school of public health.

Our Alumni Page profiles some of the successful alumni who have graduated from our program.


Coursework
Example MSEE Programs
MSEE Competencies


MSEE Program Contacts
Prospective Student Inquiry Form Program Director:
William Vizuete, PhD
Student Services Assistant:
Wake Harper, MSLS
(919) 966-3844

Program Structure

The Environmental Engineering Program is based on two semesters (27 credit-hours) of coursework covering critical engineering competencies and a summer experiential learning course (3 credit hours) led by a practicing professional. The program begins in the fall semester.

Public Health and Engineering Coursework

Coursework includes introduction to public health (SPHG 600), Epidemiology for Environmental Scientists (ENVR 601), eight technical electives, and diverse seminars on environmental engineering and public health topics. The electives provide flexibility as provided in the illustrative examples (see below) that focus on water quality and processes, international water, water planning and management, risk assessment, and air quality.

Engineering Public Health Solutions

Exposure to technological innovations, predictive modeling for effective environmental decision-making, global WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) methods, and processes affecting air and water quality. See the Environmental Sciences and Engineering Research page for a summary of the Department’s research interests.

Experiential Learning Project

Culminating experience during summer session that features a multi-disciplinary team through real-time simulation of environmental and humanitarian emergencies such as a train derailment, major chemical spill, disease outbreak, or population displacement.

Alumna Courtney Woods, PhD, works in the lab.

Alumna Courtney Woods, PhD, works in the lab.

Enrollment Qualifications

Application to the program is open to individuals who have completed an undergraduate engineering degree from an ABET-accredited program or equivalent non-US program. Enrolled students must complete at least one course in biological science and one course in probability/statistics prior to program completion. Coursework in these areas is best completed before enrollment, as doing so during the program will likely extend its length.

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available through competitive, limited campus-wide UNC Graduate School awards.




Degree Guidelines

Select the image to view the brochure.All students are required to take 12 credits of “Engineering” electives taken from this list. All students are also required to take Introduction to Public Health (SPHG 600) and Epidemiology for Environmental Scientists ( ENVR 601). The remaining 12 credits in electives can be taken from this list or from departments across the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The wide choice in electives provides the flexibility to customize the curriculum to fit your interests. Some illustrative examples are provided that focus on water quality and processes, international water, water planning and management, risk assessment, and air quality.

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Public Health and Engineering Coursework
Coursework includes introduction to public health, eight technical electives and a diverse range of seminars on environmental engineering and public health topics. The electives provide flexibility to focus on water quality and processes, international water, water planning and management, and air quality. Through these courses you will gain exposure to technological innovations, predictive modeling for effective environmental decision-making, global WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) methods, and processes affecting air and water quality.


Water Planning and Management

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Air Quality

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Risk Assessment

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International Water

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Water Quality and Processes

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We expect each MSEE graduate to achieve the following competencies by the completion of the program. By doing so, we believe that you will be competitive for employment in environmental engineering practice.

  1. Identify environmental engineering problems, needs and objectives.
  2. Evaluate problems quantitatively using measurements and models of contaminant transport or reactions in environmental media (e.g., air, soil and water).
  3. Develop and design appropriate controls and facilities to solve environmental engineering problems.
  4. Evaluate the success of environmental engineering designs and assess the uncertainty involved.
  5. Demonstrate written and oral communication skills related to environmental engineering.
  6. Obtain broad exposure to contemporary issues in environmental sciences, environmental health and environmental engineering.
  7. Develop an understanding of basic concepts of public health.

About the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

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The Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health is internationally recognized for outstanding work addressing engineering and scientific challenges in air, water and waste management, as well as in understanding and controlling human exposures to environmental agents. Its location within a school of public health offers unique opportunities to focus on the relevance of environmental engineering to human health in today’s complex global ecosystem.