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Environmental Health Sciences



What Do Toxicologists Do?

Toxicologists identify environmental exposures of concern, reveal mechanisms by which toxicants initiate pathological dysfunction or disease, identify interventions for the prevention of adverse effects, and estimate acceptable levels of exposure for the protection of the public health.

Toxicologists contribute their scientific expertise to society by formulating environmental and occupational safety standards; overseeing regulatory compliance; communicating information and discussing health implications of toxicant exposures with the public; assisting with product safety evaluation; teaching; and conducting research to identify health hazards, promote understanding of mechanisms of toxicity, and investigate efficacy of interventions for toxicant exposures. Toxicologists are employed by academic, government, nonprofit and private institutions. Many of our graduates have combined their master of public health (MPH) or master of science (MS) degrees in toxicology with human or veterinary medicine degrees.

The Program

The University of Michigan has the oldest predoctoral training program in toxicology in the US. As a leading teaching and research institution, the University of Michigan offers a dynamic, well-funded and exciting atmosphere for graduate training in toxicology.

We offer a curricula leading to an MPH, MS, or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. A large selection of elective courses provides opportunities for specialized academic preparation.

The program facilitates interactions between students and faculty through an annual Toxicology Symposium and a weekly seminar series that incorporate presentations by guest speakers and University of Michigan students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members. In addition, individual laboratories or groups of researchers form journal clubs on specified topics.

Faculty members have ongoing research projects that provide opportunities for research training in molecular, biochemical, cellular, pathophysiological, and epidemiological toxicology, reflecting the breadth and interactive nature of toxicological science from the molecule to human populations.

Who Should Apply?

Individuals with a background in biological, chemical, environmental, or epidemiological sciences who have a desire to improve the understanding of how environmental agents impact human health.

Financial Support

For MS and PhD students who qualify, financial support may be available through fellowships from the Rackham Graduate School. Both MS and MPH students may be eligible for support from the School of Public Health. Doctoral students who are citizens or non-citizen nationals of the US, or who have legal permanent residence status in the US, may be eligible for funding from a training grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, as well as from teaching assistantships or research assistantships from faculty research grants.