Environmental Health and Safety Engineering Track

The EHSE track of the Interdisciplinary Engineering program takes advantage of UAB's diversified Schools of Engineering and Business and College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the nationally renowned health sciences center, to produce Ph.D. candidates cross-trained in public health, safety and environmental engineering from a variety of disciplines. The program provides students with an understanding of basic mechanisms through which agents alter environmental, human, and ecosystem health, and the skills needed to evaluate and implement remediation for environmental health and safety problems, in the context of engineering and public health.

Core Coursework

The core curriculum for the EHSE track includes 6 hours of Interdisciplinary Engineering core program courses and continuous enrollment in Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club. In EGR 710 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Engineering, students are introduced to current trends and cutting-edge research in areas related to engineering that require interdisciplinary approaches. The EGR 711 Methodology for Interdisciplinary Research course presents a more detailed perspective on methods of approach for interdisciplinary problems, including experimental design, laboratory experimentation, physical modeling, simulation and analysis. Students are expected to remain continuously enrolled in EGR 796 Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club (fall and spring semesters) while they remain in the EHSE track. Because students are engaged in research throughout several departments, this regular meeting is important to maintain cohesion within the group and to encourage exchange of ideas from a variety of perspectives.

The core curriculum for the EHSE track also requires two additional 3 hour courses. These include a 3 hour course in Environmental Management and a course in Statistical Analysis. Several statistical analysis courses are taught throughout UAB, and students, in consultation with their faculty advisor, will select the course most relevant to their planned research.

Elective Coursework

A minimum of 36 additional credit hours of coursework is required for post-baccalaureate students. Course selection is based on the research and career goals of the student, and curricula will vary between students. Students are guided by their faculty mentor (graduate study committee chair) and a graduate study committee composed of faculty representing an interdisciplinary team in the student's area of research interest. The coursework must include courses from at least two disciplines. These courses are usually taken in taken in Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Biology, or Chemistry. In keeping with UAB Graduate School policy, up to 16 credits of the 36 hours can be non-dissertation research credits, and up to 10 credits can be lab rotations, seminars or directed study credits.

Dissertation Research

This work will be completed under the guidance of the student's faculty mentor (graduate study committee chair). An approved 6 credit hour internship may be substituted for 6 of the required dissertation research hours. Non-dissertation Research and Dissertation Research hours will be taken through the department of the student’s faculty mentor.

Example Curriculum

An example curriculum by semester for the EHSE track is below. Actual curricula will vary with student's research interest and undergraduate background.

Fall Semester

  • EGR 710 (3 hrs) Introduction to Interdisciplinary Engineering
  • CE 795 (3 hrs) Engineering Hydrology
  • ENH 702 (3 hrs) Environmental Management
  • BST 621 (3 hrs) Statistical Methods
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Spring Semester

  • EGR 711 (3 hrs) Methodology for Interdisciplinary Research
  • CE 786 (3 hrs) Engineering Hydrogeology
  • ENH 701 (3 hrs) Environmental Chemistry
  • BY 570 (3 hrs) Ecology
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Fall Semester

  • CE 537 (3 hrs) Environmental Experimental Design and Field Sampling
  • CE 740 (3 hrs) Wastewater Treatment Engineering
  • ENH 700 (3 hrs) Scientific Basis of Environmental Health
  • BY 607 (3 hrs) Microbial Ecology
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Spring Semester

  • CE 736 (3 hrs) Stormwater Pollution Control
  • ENH 711 (3 hrs) Risk Assessment of Environmental Hazards
  • XX 798 (6 hrs) Non-Dissertation Research
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Fall Semester

  • XX 799 (6 hrs) Dissertation Research
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Spring Semester

  • XX 799 (6 hrs) Dissertation Research
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Fall Semester

  • XX 799 (6 hrs) Dissertation Research
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Spring Semester

  • XX 799 (6 hrs) Dissertation Research
  • EGR 796 (1 hr) Interdisciplinary Engineering Journal Club

Abbreviations:

  • BST - Statistical Methods
  • BY - Biology
  • CE - Civil Engineering
  • EGR - General Engineering
  • ENH - Environmental Health Sciences
  • XX - Department of student's primary advisor