For Current Students in Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Welcome to the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

For BSPH Students

For Master’s Students

For PhD Students

Our Student Handbook (PDF) is now available online.

NEW! We have a website devoted to the MSEE.

NEW! We now have a listserv for job postings: envr_jobpostings@listserv.unc.edu. This listerv will be opt-in, only. The link to subscribe is here. You have to hit “show more” and scroll down until you find the list name.

The latest edition of “Survive and Thrive (PDF)” may be of interest, especially to incoming students. Originally compiled by health policy and management doctoral student Jason Mose, it is aimed at international students, but has a lot of valuable information about studying at UNC-Chapel Hill and living in the area.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Wake Harper.


The Gillings School of Global Public Health has awarded ESE the Ann Cynthia Price Student Travel Award for the upcoming academic year. The award is $1275 and can be used for student travel during the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. The department has elected to split the funds into two awards of $637 (one per semester of the 2017-18 academic year) to support student travel to conferences in order to present the results of their research. To be eligible for consideration for a travel award, a student must have (1) an abstract of an oral or poster presentation accepted at (or being prepared for) a professional conference and (2) a letter of endorsement by his/her research adviser. The deadline to apply for the consideration to attend a fall conference is August 15, 2017 and the deadline for a spring conference is December 15, 2017. Proof of abstract acceptance and an endorsement letter by the research adviser should be submitted to Wake Harper before the due dates. The ESE Awards Committee will determine the successful candidate.


Submitting Your Final Work

All graduate programs offered by the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering require the completion of a project.  Doctoral students write a dissertation, MS students a master’s thesis, and MSPH, MPH and MSEE students complete a technical report.  Submission guidelines as follows.

Thesis (MS) and Dissertation (PhD)

Please refer to the graduate school’s submission instructions.  After the thesis or dissertation is revised to the faculty advisor’s satisfaction, the student will upload it to the ProQuest Theses and Dissertations database (note that there is a fee).  The Graduate School will review it before it is published and may require some revisions (usually formatting) from the student.

The Department’s student services office needs the confirmation email from the submission system, and notification from the advisor that it was ready to submit before any paperwork is processed.

Technical Report (MSPH, MPH, MSEE)

From May 2014, the Department requires that the student submit:

1) a digital (PDF) copy uploaded to the Carolina Digital Repository using this form.  These will be checked by the student services office before being published on the CDR site.  Embargoed reports will become “active” in the system after the embargo ends.

2) the student should check with their advisor to see whether they want a paper copy.

Updated: May 2015

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ESE Grade Appeals Process

ESE follows the University’s policy on grade appeals as outlined in the Graduate and Undergraduate Student Handbooks. Please take the time to read the Student Handbook that applies to you.


Still need help?

Call Student Services: (919) 966-4818 or stop by 161 or 162A Rosenau Hall. We are happy to help.