Thank you for your interest in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering’s (ESE) application process.

Uniquely situated in a school of public health, our interdisciplinary programs in air quality and atmospheric processes, human exposure and health effects, and sustainable water resources draw from faculty expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering and policy.

Our Degrees

The Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering offers six unique programs and five dual-degree programs.

Bachelor of Science of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences (BSPH Residential).

Feel free to get in touch with one of our BSPH ambassadors.

Master of Public Health (MPH)
Concentrations are available in Environmental Health Solutions, Global Health, or Health Equity, Social Justice and Human Rights.

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSEE)

Master of Science (MS Residential)

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH Residential)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

Dual Bachelor’s-to-Master of Science (BSPH-MS Residential)

Dual Bachelor’s-to-Master of Science in Public Health (BSPH-MSPH Residential)

Dual Master of Science and Master of City and Regional Planning (MS-MCRP Residential)

Dual Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Master of City and Regional Planning (MSEE-MCRP Residential)

Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of City and Regional Planning (MSPH-MCRP Residential)

Which degree is right for you?
Find more information about degree options.

Which research area is right for you?
Find more information about our interdisciplinary fields of study and focus areas.

If you’re applying to a graduate degree, please check out our Graduate Application FAQ before applying.

If you are applying to the MS, MSEE, MSPH, or PhD program, please visit UNC-Chapel Hill’s graduate admission information page for instructions. If you intend to apply to the MPH (please see the FAQ), you will need to fill out a SOPHAS application; you will then be prompted via email to fill out a UNC-Chapel Hill application as well. Without the UNC-Chapel Hill application, you have not applied.


Check out the beta version of our new Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students. The GPS provides a search option for our School’s degree and non-degree programs, as well as the ability to drill down to an overview of each program’s quick facts and related information about how to apply. Begin the application process: click link(s) below to view the requirements and procedures that apply to you. See our tuition and fees page for related information.


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Undergraduate Program Show Details

Bachelor of Science in Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences (BSPH Residential)

Provides students with a fundamental grounding in the basic and applied sciences for advanced scientific education, professional schools, or careers in practice in the field of public health with emphasis in environmental health sciences. BSPH graduates will be able to demonstrate a basic level of understanding in the fundamental sciences; describe the relationship between public health and environmental sciences and engineering; identify major issues in environmental sciences and engineering; describe significant regulatory components that have shaped environmental policy; and demonstrate written and oral communication skills related to environmental sciences and engineering issues within a public health context.

Master of Public Health (MPH) Programs Show Details

Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Solutions (MPH Residential)

The environments in which we live, work and play invariably affect public health. In fact, environmental exposures – most of which can be prevented – account for nearly one quarter of all diseases worldwide.

The Environmental Health Solutions concentration, which is housed in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, is designed to equip future public health professionals with the skills and know-how to predict and identify environmental problems and mitigate their impacts on human health.

Master of Public Health in Global Health (MPH Residential)

At the Gillings School of Global Public Health, our signature philosophy is that there is no difference between global health and public health. Designed to train current and aspiring professionals to solve public health problems locally and globally, the Global Health concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills to advance the health and well-being of populations in diverse global settings. Through this concentration, students will partner with governmental and non-governmental organizations, research institutions and the private sector to develop, and analyze public health programs and projects that are aligned with local cultures, contexts and resources.

Other Master’s (MHA, MS, MSCR, MSEE, MSPH) Programs Show Details

Master of Science (MS Residential)

Intended for incoming students with a strong background in the sciences or engineering and who are interested in advanced education or careers in research, practice or management in the field of environmental sciences and engineering.

Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (MSEE Residential)

A one-year non-research, public health-oriented, terminal degree that 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.

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH Residential)

Intended for incoming students with a strong background in the sciences or engineering. It prepares students for careers in practice as well as for further studies and careers in advanced education, research or management in the field of public health with emphasis in environmental sciences and engineering.

Dual Bachelor's-to-Master of Science Program (BSPH-MS Residential)

Intended for current UNC-Chapel Hill students in a science or math undergraduate program (including BSPH) who are interested in a research-based master’s degree and advanced practice or doctoral study in environmental science or engineering.

Dual Bachelor's-to-Master of Science in Public Health Program (BSPH-MSPH Residential)

Intended for current UNC-Chapel Hill students in a science or math undergraduate program (including BSPH) who are interested in a research-based master’s degree with a public health focus and advanced practice or doctoral study in environmental health sciences.

Dual Master of Science and Master of City and Regional Planning (MS-MCRP Residential)

Intended for incoming students with a strong background in the sciences or engineering who are interested in combining environmental science with community, urban or regional planning.

Dual Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Master of City and Regional Planning (MSEE-MCRP Residential)

Non-research, public health-oriented terminal degree intended for students interested in careers in environmental engineering practice, and who are interested in combining environmental engineering with community, urban or regional planning.

Dual Master of Science in Public Health and Master of City and Regional Planning (MSPH-MCRP Residential)

Intended for incoming students with a strong background in the sciences or engineering who are interested in combining environmental health science with community, urban or regional planning.

Doctoral Program Show Details

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

Terminal degree intended for students with a strong background in the sciences or engineering who are interested in careers in basic and applied research, education, advanced practice, and management in the field of environmental sciences and engineering.

Certificate Programs Show Details

Graduate Certificate in Global Health (CGH Residential)

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Global Health is to provide current graduate students with a comprehensive understanding of global health conditions, needs, and solutions that cross borders in both developing and industrialized countries and regions. The Certificate complements students’ departmental requirements by offering courses and seminars that will prepare them to work in changing environments and with diverse populations, enabling them to respond competently to the challenges inherent to a career in global health.  Students will learn to identify and analyze the factors that generate disparities in health status, health resources, and access to health information and services, particularly for ethnic minorities and other marginalized and vulnerable population groups. In conferring a Global Health Certificate, the School of Public Health acknowledges students’ capability and capacity to perform as public health professionals with a global perspective, with collaborative and cross-cultural sensitivity and skills. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication (CIHC Residential)

Provides current degree-seeking residential UNC graduate students with specialized training in health communication. Courses are designed to build expertise for applied practice, academic, and research settings. IHC faculty represent 6 disciplines and conduct research on e-health, message tailoring, risk communication, health decision-making, dissemination, media effects, usability of electronic medical information, and health marketing. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics (CPHI Residential)

This 12-credit hour specialized educational option prepares graduates for a variety of public health informatician roles. Combining the existing strength of the SPH curriculum and the informatics curriculum at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), it will offer focused education with emphasis on public health information systems, information management and manipulation as well as evidence-based public health policy. The PHI certificate is envisioned as complementary to a graduate degree from SPH. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.


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