Environmental Health


Prof. Kusal K.Das BLDE University, Karnataka, India

Dean of the Department




Being an interdisciplinary subject, PhD degree on Environmental Health Science intends to combine skills and knowledge from a variety of fields. The idea is to incorporate multiple perspectives and data sources, to build up a fuller understanding of natural and human environments.
The Department of Environmental Health prepares students with highly specialized and applied research skills who seek to fathom the links between environmental exposures and human health outcomes. Students acquire a broad environmental perspective, including exposure sciences, hazard screening methodologies, epidemiological approaches, health implications of environmental quality, and policy approaches.
Faculty and students of the Environmental Health research, teach and learn how human populations—especially the most vulnerable members of society, such as young children, pregnant women, and the poor—are affected by environmental exposures, ranging from microbial and chemical contamination of water, air and other media, to climate change, industrialization, and unplanned urbanization. We develop and apply cutting-edge methods, build research collaborations across global and domestic institutions, and collaborate with major research centers and projects around the world. Our faculty educates, challenges, mentors, and inspires tomorrow’s leaders in Environmental Health, preparing students to assess the health impacts of environmental exposures, and to advance means for their measurement and control.
Environmental Science also includes fieldwork in its program, which gives the students an opportunity to experience different habitats, climates, land formations and societies in different regions throughout the world. Within the framework of the fieldwork, it is expected to spend a fair amount of time in the lab, mastering how to carry out different types of tests and analysis.


Doctoral programs in Environmental Health Sciences are designed to prepare students for technical, professional and supervisory positions and careers in academic institutions, public agencies and industry.

The curriculum emphasizes the application of classical biological, physical and medical sciences to help solve environmental and public health problems.


* Those applying for PhD in Environmental Health need to have completed a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences.


 Core Courses in Environmental Health (15 credits)


Course Name  Credit
Principles of Environmental Chemistry 2
Principles of Toxicology  2
Introduction to Environmental Health  2
Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research 1
Laboratory Rotations in Environmental Health and Toxicology  3
Current Literature in Environmental Health and Toxicology  1
Principles and Methods of Epidemiology 2
Introductory Applied Statistics 2



Supporting Courses (12 credits)


*Supporting courses are selected by students


Course Name  Credit
Mapping the human genome 1
Cancer: Mechanisms of carcinogenesis; alterations in proto-oncogeneses  1
Genetics of immune system  2
Basic concepts of genetic testing and monitoring 1
Ecological Genetics. Genetic screening 1
Ecological Genetics. Genetic screening 1
Structure of interphase nuclei  1
Cell proliferation  1
Cell differentiation. Aging and Death  1
Structure and function of the eucaryotic chromosome and the karyotype  1
Mapping of human chromosomes 1
Causes of chromosome breaks  1



The detailed description of the courses can be found here