American University of Beirut

Master of Science in Environmental Sciences

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Major in Environmental Health (MSES-EH)

The Master of Science in Environmental Sciences— major Environmental Health is housed in the Faculty of Health Sciences. It is a multidisciplinary degree offered within an Interfaculty Graduate Environmental Sciences Program. The MS-EH is a unique program that integrates environmental, occupational and public health training to engage in innovative, evidenced-based interventions that improve human health in strained ecosystems. Students in the program will be trained in generating an evidentiary-basis to inform policies on pressing environmental health issues, while upholding the principles of ethics social justice and community service.​

About this program

The Environmental Health major provides students with the skills required to:

  • Examine the associations between environmental and occupational exposures and health outcomes.

  • Appraise the role of economic, political, and sociocultural factors in shaping environmental health issues towards sustainable development.

  • Develop strategies to prevent, control, and manage environmental health risks.​​

​​Admission requirements​

The GPHP is open to students from all undergraduate backgrounds.
All applicants for admission to FHS graduate programs should have maintained a good academic record in their university education (undergraduate and/or graduate). The applicant is expected to demonstrate proficiency in English by achieving the required minimum score on either the University English Entrance Exam ​(EEE), TOEFL, or IELTS examination.

No GRE is required.


For more information on admission requirements, visit the AUB online catalogue for graduate students.

Program competencies

  • ​Identify public health core functions, principles, values and the role of its four disciplines in addressing contemporary population

  •  Explain the role of socioeconomic, political, and cultural factors in shaping environmental health issues in local, national, and global contexts

  • Describe interlinkages between health, environment and sustainable development

  • Apply environmental exposure assessment methods

  • Examine the associations between environmental exposures and health outcomes

  • Analyze strategies to prevent, control, and manage environmental health risks

  • Integrate theoretical knowledge and research skills to generate scientific evidence that informs environmental policy and impacts decision making

  • Discuss ethical aspects arising in research and practice in the environmental health field

  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills required for knowledge translation and dissemination

  • Recognize the regulatory and legal frameworks governing environmental health-related issues in Lebanon and internationally​

​Time Fr​ame​

  • Students on a full time basis can graduate in two to three years. 

  • Students enrolled on a part time basis are allowed up to four years to graduate.

​Fields of Work

Positions in this field would entail conducting research and environmental assessment studies, development of environmental standards and procedures, development of environmental management plans and strategies, and community awareness and outreach, among others.

Graduates of the MSES-EH program may assume careers in:

  • Governmental, nongovernmental, and international organizations

  • Private consultancy firms and universities.


Mas​ter of Science in Environmental Sciences​​

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