Doctoral Programs

E²SHI does not directly offer doctoral programs (or any degree-granting programs). The below list aims to help acquaint you to all environment-related academic programs available at Johns Hopkins.

Earth & Planetary Sciences

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences offers programs leading to the PhD degree in a wide range of disciplines, covering the atmosphere, biosphere, ecology and paleoecology, oceans, geochemistry, geology and geophysics, planets, and global change science. Coursework includes remote sensing of the environment, physics of climate variability, fluid dynamics and much more.

Interested students with undergraduate degrees in any of the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering can apply. A degree or professional experience in the earth and planetary sciences in beneficial, but it is not a requirement for graduate admission.

Learn more about EPS' PhD program


Environmental Health Sciences - Exposure Sciences and Environmental Epidemiology Track

The Department of Environmental Health and Engineering in the Bloomberg School of Public Health offers a PhD Track in Exposure Sciences and Environmental Epidemiology (ESEE) for research and training opportunities in key topic areas relevant to environmental and occupational health. These include air, water, the food system, early life exposures, metals and synthetic chemicals, environmental microbiology, the built environment, global environmental health, molecular and integrated epidemiology, and the investigation of susceptibility factors and effective interventions.

Students can choose one of the following focus areas to achieve depth in didactic and experiential training to complement core instruction provided by the track:

  • Exposure Sciences
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Occupational Health
  • Sustainability

Learn more about the ESEE Track

Environmental Health and Engineering

The Department of Environmental Health and Engineering (EHE) in the Whiting School of Engineering offers PhD students with opportunities to identify, understand describe and solve environmental problems. The department's core mission is to improve the human condition through the development and promotion of sound, sustainable environmental practices, and to educate future generations of environmental leaders. Some examples of research areas include:

  • Pollutant fate and transport
  • Water resources engineering
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Geomorphology
  • Drinking water and wastewater treatment
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Ecosystem dynamics
  • The interplay between technology, society, and environmental changes

Learn more about EHE's PhD program

Global Social Change

The Program on Global Social Change (PGSC) at the Department of Sociology in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences offers a concentration for PhD study focused on cross-national, comparative research and on long-term, world-scale social change, which can include environment and sustainability related issues. The goal of the program is to give students knowledge of the various theoretical perspectives in these areas, coupled with experience in data collection and analysis, and the acquisition of expertise in one or more substantive fields.

The program emphasizes substantive issues of development and social change that cut across different countries and world regions. Examples are globalization and regionalization, labor and development, city systems and urban primacy, social movements and revolutions, state violence, migration and labor force formation, family structure and change, social structure and personality, and national and international stratification. 

In addition, the interdisciplinary character of graduate education at Hopkins offers students ample opportunity to enroll in courses or collaborate in research of faculty in other departments and participate in the activities of The Institute for Global Studies. Faculty associates of the program include distinguished scholars in anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and public health.

Learn more about PGSC

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