Skip to main content

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Geography and Environmental Engineering

Offered By: Department of Environmental Health and Engineering

Onsite | Full-Time | 5 years

About This Program

A PhD student in the Geography and Environmental Engineering program will explore the current state of knowledge in his or her field. Information and ideas developed by others are critically examined and placed in proper context.

Subject areas are identified that are important to achieving the goals of the discipline, but which have not been explored or developed. The student will propose new research to improve understanding in this key area. A research proposal should then outline, in an orderly and logical manner, how key questions are addressed. While pursuing these research hypotheses, the student must take time to consider alternative explanations for experimental observations, and devise new experiments that critically test assumptions and theories.

The student will learn to state problems clearly and solve them in a reliable and efficient manner. Whatever lines of reasoning one uses, one must be as sure as possible that the conclusions are correct, particularly since there is always some uncertainty in science and engineering. The student must think through their research plans to avoid unproductive activities. Because research involves managing time and resources, the PhD student is receiving excellent preparation for future professional work.

Students have the option to focus their study: Track in Environmental Sustainability, Resilience, and Health (ESRH)

Program Faculty Advisers

Harihar Rajaram, PhD, Program Director
Peter DeCarlo, PhD
Hugh Ellis, PhD
Paul Ferraro, PhD
Ciaran Harman, PhD
Benjamin Hobbs, PhD
Carsten Prasse, PhD
Scot Miller, PhD
Joel Pederson, PhD
Sarah Preheim, PhD
Alan Stone, PhD
Erica Schoenberg, PhD

Program Highlights

Doctoral students in the Geography and Environmental Engineering doctoral program have the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with faculty from a wide variety of disciplines, including:

  • Chemistry
  • Air pollution and greenhouse gases
  • Energy systems
  • Public health
  • Water quality
  • Economic dimensions of environmental health
  • Anthropological dimensions of environmental health

What Can You Do With This Degree?

  • Research or Teaching Faculty
  • Research Scientist
  • Environmental Engineer (water/wastewater engineer, hydrogeologist, ecologist)
  • Data Scientist
  • Postdoctoral Research


Browse an overview of this program's requirements in the JHU Academic Catalogue and explore all course offerings in the Whiting School Course Directory.

Admissions Requirements

For general admissions requirements, please visit the Graduate Admissions page.

Program Faculty Spotlight


Peter DeCarlo profile thumbnail

Peter DeCarlo, PhD

studies the chemical composition of gas particles in the air to improve our understanding of climate, air quality, and health impacts of pollutants.

See Faculty Profile



Ciaran Harman profile thumbnail

Ciaran J. Harman, PhD

uses models and data analytics to understand how water flows through the landscape, transports material, and changes the landscape as it moves.

See Faculty Profile



Paul Ferraro profile thumbnail

Paul Ferraro, PhD

is building an evidence base about the causal links between actions we take to improve our world and the environmental and social impacts of those actions

See Faculty Profile

Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative

The Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (VTSI) is an endowed fellowship program at Johns Hopkins for PhD students in STEM fields. It provides full tuition, stipend, and benefits while also providing targeted mentoring, networking, community, and professional development opportunities. Students who have attended a historically Black college and university (HBCU) or other minority serving institution (MSI) for undergraduate study are eligible to apply. To be considered for the VTSI, you will need to submit a SOPHAS application and VTSI supplementary materials. Check back in Summer 2022 to learn about application fee waivers and VTSI application deadlines.


Tuition and Funding

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Sr. Academic Program Coordinator
Natalie Van Horn


Compare Programs