Ph.D. in Public Health, Concentration in Brain, Behavior and the Environment

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) offers a Ph.D. in Public Health with a Concentration in Environmental Sciences. Students can choose from two different tracks: 1) Brain, Behavior, Environment and 2) Environmental Toxicology.

The Doctoral program in Brain, Behavior, Environment (BBE) track emphasizes emerging themes in neuroscience, pharmacology, neurotoxicology, imaging, psychology and psychiatry, alongside environmental exposures to prepare students for academic, medical, industrial, research, and government careers.

The program provides students with the interdisciplinary perspective of integrating environmental influences into understanding and combating complex neurobiological disorders. This focus is officially recognized by FIU as an Emerging Preeminent program that has renowned research faculty involved in global cutting edge research.

Stempel College Rankings

  • Top 50School of Public Health among public universities (U.S. News & World Report)
  • No. 12public school of public health in the country with NIH funding.​ (Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research)
Prospective Students
  • Doctoral Admissions

    Applicants must meet the University's general graduate admission requirements:

    1. A four-year bachelor's degree or equivalent from a nationally accredited institution or, in the case of foreign students, from a well-established institution of higher learning that is authorized to grant degrees by appropriate authorities in that country.

    2. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA, “B” average, in the last 60 upper-division undergraduate coursework, or a graduate degree from a nationally accredited institution. 3. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or a 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required or other University approved tests of English.

    The College also requires:

    1. A current resumé.
    2. Three letters of recommendation.
    3. 3. A writing sample (Master's thesis or research project, published manuscript, or some other document which demonstrates writing ability).
    4. 4. A personal statement of research interest. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty to discuss common research interests since admission decisions require identification of a faculty mentor, and evaluation of fit to the program
  • Doctoral Requirements

    A student may enroll for dissertation credits after completing all coursework, passing the candidacy examination, and being advanced to candidacy. Dissertation credits cannot be taken before advancement to candidacy.

    The candidacy examination will be prepared and graded by a committee consisting of a minimum of three faculty members. Admission to candidacy requires that a majority of the committee members agree that the student passed the examination. A candidacy examination may not be passed conditionally. A “Pass” on the examination cannot be made contingent upon other factors such as the completion of additional coursework or the preparation of extra research projects. Students will be allowed only two attempts to pass the candidacy examination.

    After a doctoral student is admitted to candidacy, continuous registration for at least 3 dissertation credit hours each semester (including the summer term) is required until the dissertation requirement is fulfilled.

  • Course Catalog
  • EHS PhD Handbook
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The BBE Ph.D. concentration requires ~75 credit hours (including a minimum of 15 hours for dissertation research) spread across three primary components of the curriculum.

The first is a core curriculum shared across all Public Health majors (12 credit hours).

PHC 6601

Emerging Issues in Public Health


PHC 6091

Biostatistics 2


PHC 7981

Research Concepts and Proposal Development


PHC 7705

Methods in Evidence Based Public Health


The second is specific to Environmental Health Science Ph.D. students (9 credits).

PHC 6328

Molecular & Cellular Toxicology


PHC 6329



PHC 7732C

Research Ethics & Scientific Integrity


PHC 6921

Environmental Health Sciences Seminar


The third component is specific to the BBE concentration (12 credit hours).

PHC 7381C



PHC 7731C

Advanced Neurotoxicology Research Methods


PHC 7384

Advanced Neurotoxicology


PHC 7385C

Emerging Issues in Neurotoxicology