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Master of Health Science (MHS) in Environmental Health

Post-Baccalaureate Program in Environmental Health for Pre-Med Students

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offers a customizable degree for pre-meds who want a comprehensive understanding of the intersection between the environment and health

Why A Post-Baccalaureate Gap Year in Environmental Health For Pre-Med Students?

Pre-med courses provide the foundation for students planning to attend medical school. These courses provide a strong understanding of statistics and epidemiology. Elective courses in physiology, advanced toxicology, and environmental and occupational disease not only emphasize knowledge covered on the MCAT but also differentiate graduates from the typical medical school applicant. Ideal candidates present with a strong foundation in the basic sciences and math. The American Association of Medical Colleges site lists our MHS as a post-baccalaureate program.

Understanding environmental factors that affect health is vitally important for anyone planning a career in medicine. A gap year in environmental health will help you:

  • Stand out as a medical school candidate
  • Improve your BCPM GPA to increase your chances of getting accepted into medical school
  • Be more prepared for the MCAT and the medical school curriculum - study advanced biology, immunology, toxicology, and more
  • Make the transition into medical school easier by completing our fast-paced and rigorous program

Environmental Health Master's Program for Pre-Medicine Students

Master of Health Science in Environmental Health (MHS)
Onsite | Full-Time or Part-Time | 9 months2 years
Designed for applicants who wish to pursue an MD, PhD, or a career in the intersection of environmental and public health

"EHE provided a great public health foundation to bring to medical school."

- Monica Taneja, MHS '19

What our MHS Program Has to Offer Pre-Med Students

  • Adviser who is an MD
  • Special advising sessions on taking the MCAT, interviews, the application process, and other aspects of medical school
  • A mentorship program that matches medical residents with pre-med students
  • Opportunities to learn about medical specialties that incorporate public health, like occupational and environmental medicine
  • Half-off MCAT prep through Kaplan

Alumni Spotlights

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Monica Teneha, MD, MHS '19

An MHS in environmental science prepared Monica Taneja for the rigors of medical school. After completing med school at the University of Maryland, she was matched to a psychiatry residency at Harvard South Shore.

Female African American medical student

Spotlight: Tiffany Onyejiaka, MHS '22

Tiffany is a medical student at The University of Minnesota School of Medicine, where she is attending on a merit scholarship. 

Peter Campbell, MHS '20

Peter Campbell is a medical student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 

Contact Us

Megan Latshaw, PhD '05, MHS '01

Director, Master's Programs
Department of Environmental Health and Engineering

Megan Latshaw, PhD '05, MHS '01, translates environmental health science to policy and practice, with a focus on designing communities where the healthy choice is the easy choice.

Aisha Rivera Margarin, MD, MS

Program Director, Occupational & Environmental Medicine Residency
Faculty Associate, Environmental Health and Engineering

Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Rivera is bilingual and board-certified in occupational and general preventive medicine. As Program Director, she organizes training and educational experiences, evaluates and mentors residents, and maintains the residency's ACGME accreditation through several reporting and administrative tasks. 

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Taylor Voelkel, MHS

Academic Program Administrator
Environmental Health and Engineering

Taylor recently graduated from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Master's in Environmental Health Sciences. As Academic Program Administrator, Taylor provides support for current and prospective students to ensure their success in the program.