The Master of Science (MS) in Toxicology for Human Risk Assessment is the only program of its kind in the United States. Our innovative master's program equips graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to begin or advance their career as professionals in the evolving field of human health and environmental risk assessment.
The full-time program consists of:
- Nine months of coursework of the fundamental concepts and testing approaches used in classic risk assessment processes, as well as those used in the new paradigm for toxicity in the 21st Century, and
- A seven- to twelve-month internship with a government agency, non-governmental organization, industry, or private sector group.
Students enrolled in the program may also complete the Certificate in Risk Sciences and Public Policy.
Course location and modality is found on the JHSPH website.
The curriculum consists of a core of program-required coursework that is taken during the first year of the program. Courses are offered in four 8-week terms from the beginning of September to mid-May. Courses related to the internship and to the capstone essay will be completed in the second year.
|PH.550.860||Academic & Research Ethics at JHSPH|
|PH.180.609||Principles of Environmental Health I||4|
|PH.187.610||Public Health Toxicology||4|
|PH.317.600||Introduction to the Risk Sciences and Public Policy||4|
|PH.317.610||Risk Policy, Management and Communication||3|
|PH.317.605||Methods in Quantitative Risk Assessment||4|
|PH.317.615||Topics in Risk Assessment||2|
|PH.340.721||Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health I||5|
|PH.340.722||Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health II||4|
|PH.140.621||Statistical Methods in Public Health I||4|
|PH.140.622||Statistical Methods in Public Health II||4|
|PH.187.640||Toxicology 21: Scientific Foundations||1|
|PH.187.645||Toxicology 21: Scientific Applications||3|
|PH.180.640||Molecular Epidemiology and Biomarkers in Public Health||4|
|PH.187.650||Alternative Methods in Animal Testing||3|
|PH.180.628||Introduction To Environmental and Occupational Health Law||4|
|PH.410.620||Program Planning for Health Behavior Change||3|
|PH.340.680||Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology||4|
|PH.182.845||Ms Special Studies and Research||1 - 22|
|PH.182.810||MMs Field Placement||1 - 22|
|PH.182.850||Ms Essay||1 - 16|
Students in this professional MS degree program will be expected to assume independent responsibility for a professional project that will be carried out off-site at a governmental agency, nongovernmental organization or industry or private sector company. Specific opportunities will be identified by the student in conjunction with the adviser. The minimum requirements for the internship will be a duration of four months (two academic terms) in conjunction with 32 course credits of special studies and research. The student will be directed in the internship experience by an on-site mentor with whom the adviser will communicate regularly to follow and support the student’s progress and success in achieving the agreed-upon goals of the independent project. If agreeable to the student and sponsor, the overall length of the project period may extend beyond the minimum necessary for completion of the internship requirements of the MS degree program.
Master's Essay and Presentation
Students in professional programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health are required to successfully complete and submit a culminating project that demonstrates integration of the skills developed during the coursework and internship experiences. For students in this program, this project takes the form of an in-depth capstone essay.
The topic of the essay will typically be linked to the specific or general focus of the internship experience and will be chosen in consultation with the adviser, who must approve it. The format of the essay will conform to standards set by the Department and may vary to accommodate the nature of the topic. Students are encouraged to select a topic that will lend itself to publication in a scientific journal. Following approval of the essay, students will make a formal presentation of the essay to departmental faculty and students to complete the requirements for the MS degree.
Students must meet minimum satisfactory academic standards to remain in the MS program. To meet this standards, students must:
- Maintain a minimum of 2.75 cumulative grade point average
- Retake a required course in which they receive a grade of "D" or "F"
If a student receives a grade of "D" or "F" twice in the same required course, they may not repeat the course a third time. If the course is a required core course with no other options, the student will be dismissed from the program.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Explain and interpret epidemiologic studies to support risk assessment and decision making;
- Elaborate commonly used public health measures, such as relative risk, attributable risk and relative hazards, and select appropriate statistical methods for estimating such measures in the presence of covariates;
- Interpret descriptive and inferential statistics resulting from data analysis and draw relevant conclusions;
- Interpret studies that use bioinformatic techniques;
- Evaluate and interpret traditional toxicological studies;
- Elaborate novel methodological approaches in toxicology;
- Apply and integrate epidemiological, traditional and novel toxicological studies to support risk assessment;
- Define the major environmental agents (i.e., environmental chemical, biological, and physical that cause adverse effects on human health) and their sources, natural and anthropomorphic;
- Discuss the transport and fate of major environmental agents in the environment, and identify the carriers or vectors (air, water, soil, and food) that promote the transfer of these agents from various environments (e.g. occupational setting) to the human;
- Describe the toxicokinetics of major environmental agents including routes of entry, metabolism, storage, and excretion;
- Describe the toxicodynamics of major environmental agents, including toxicological pathways and the mechanisms by which agents exert adverse health effects, and the use of in vitro models for predicting the magnitude of adverse effects;
- Describe approaches for in vitro to in vivo modeling of toxicokinetics;
- Summarize areas of emerging science for risk assessment (personalized toxicology, chemical mixture toxicology, systems toxicology, multi-natured stressor mixtures);
- Use systematic approaches for combining and evaluating toxicokinetic and toxicodynamic evidence;
- Evaluate evidence-based toxicology studies and studies conducted using other systematic approaches;
- Utilize exposure and epidemiologic and traditional and novel toxicological data to conduct a risk assessment;
- Communicate and translate science to general audiences and policymakers;
- Describe key risk management practices in the US and internationally;
- Explain the application of evidence used to make environmental health decisions, setting of standards and guidance;
- Summarize the function of federal agencies in public health practices and decision making.